Kyrgyzstan's Bakiyev calls on foreign troops to stop ethnic unrest

Kyrgyzstan's ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev called for a bloc of ex-Soviet states to send forces to quell ethnic conflict there.

Kyrgyzstan's Bakiyev calls on foreign troops to stop ethnic unrest

 

Kyrgyzstan's ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev called on Monday for a bloc of ex-Soviet states to send forces to quell ethnic conflict there.

Speaking in Belarus, where he fled after his April overthrow, Bakiyev also urged ethnic groups to make peace after violence in southern Kyrgyzstan that has killed at least 124 people and sent many thousands of Uzbeks fleeing for the border.

"I call on the two brotherly peoples -- Kyrgyz and Uzbeks -- to stop the bloodshed, as the interim government is incapable of doing this," Bakiyev told a news conference in Minsk.

He said peacekeepers from the the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan as well as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Armenia, could "bring the situation back to normal".

"It's necessary to send in CSTO forces," Bakiyev said.

Bakiyev, who is from southern Kyrgyzstan, denied he had anything to do with the bloodshed in his native region and power base during his five years as president.

He said he had no plans to attempt a political comeback in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan's interim government, which assumed power after Bakiyev's overthrow in a revolt in early April, has accused his supporters of stoking ethnic conflict in the south.

Reuters

Last Mod: 15 Haziran 2010, 08:31
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