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KYRGYZSTAN PRESIDENT SAYS HE WILL NOT RESIGN

RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, March 22 (RIA Novosti) - Askar Akayev, the President of Kyrgyzstan, said he would not resign and would not cancel parliamentary election results.

"There are clearly no grounds for that and therefore the parliamentary election [results] will not be cancelled. We cannot doubt the legitimacy of newly elected deputies because certain people want it," Akayev said in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday.

The president was positive the elections were legitimate.

"As to my resignation, this issue is not in rallies' or some political forces' competence. The nation alone can decide on the issue," said the president.

"We have confirmed to international organizations our intention to settle the conflict through talks. We believe force must not be used while settling any issues. All differences should be overcome by political means, i.e. through negotiations," said President Akayev.



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