|Apr 15, 2010 16:27 Moscow Time
Tension. NV 2. 14. 04. 2010.
Kyrgyzstan: situation remains tense.Tr. Julius. The opposition in Kyrgyzstan has prevented supporters of ousted president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev from holding a meeting in the Southern town of Osh. Opponents of Bakiyev forced him to leave the venue of the meeting, pelting his car with stones and overturning the stage on which he was to stand. There were scuffles between supporters of Bakiyev and supporters of the interim government, but there was no bloodshed.Russia hopes that the warring sides in Kyrgyzstan will find a peaceful way out of the present crisis, says Russian deputy foreign minister, Grigory Karasin.The Russian foreign ministry maintains contact with both the interim administration and the old government in Kyrgyzstan, in a bid to persuade both sides not to allow the situation to get out of hand. On Wednesday, the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Kurmanbek Bakiyev , while in the evening of the same day, he met with the deputy prime minister in the interim government, AlmazbekAtambayev in Moscow. Russia’s major concern is that the interests of the man on the street in Kyrgyzstan should be protected.That can be achieved by negotiations, but neither of the sides is ready for talks at the moment. Bakiyev is aware of the weakness of the temporary government, which controls only a part of Northern Kyrgyzstan; hence he is not ready to make a concession. On the other hand, he is not in a position to dictate conditions since he has less powers than the interim government. Even in the South, he is viewed with caution and suspicions. People who thought that nepotism and corruption will no longer be part of the system in Kyrgyzstan, have been seriously disappointed, said Constantine Zatulin, deputy Chairman of the Duma’s CIS committee. Tape. Within a short space of time, the Bakiyev government slid back to those social sins for which Kyrgyzstan has become infamous, such as corruption, favoritism, persecution and nepotism, said Zatulin. Bakiyev didn’t deliver on any of his election promises; there was a large scale stealing of the people’s money and unlawful persecution of the opposition, and all these anti-social actions brought the roof crashing down on the Bakiyev’s government.Kurmanbek Bakiyev has refused to resign, but has promised to discus the issue on certain conditions, including a guarantee of his personal and his family’s safety. But he did not guarantee the safety of Kyrgyz citizens, whom he swore to protect and defend... .