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OPPOSITION LEADER: NO DIALOGUE BETWEEN KYRGYZ AUTHORITIES AND OPPOSITION

RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, March 23 (RIA Novosti, Yulia Orlova) - The resignations of the Kyrgyz prosecutor general and interior minister have not resulted from Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev's talks with opposition, Narynbek Kasymov, chief of staff of the People's Democratic Movement of Kyrgyzstan, told in a telephone interview with RIA Novosti.

Earlier on Wednesday, President Akayev reshuffled top officers of the law enforcement agencies. The interior minister and prosecutor general were relieved of their duties. The former chief of the defense section of the president's office, Murat Sutalinov, was appointed acting prosecutor general, with the chief of the Bishkek police department, Keneshbek Dushebayev, becoming the acting vice-premier and the interior minister.

There has been no dialogue between the authorities and opposition, Mr. Kasymov emphasized, despite yesterday's address to the nation by Mr. Akayev, in which he said: "All national leaders, including the prime minister, vice premiers, etc., conduct such negotiations with various opposition representatives every day".

Mr. Kasymov believes the resignations resulted from "internal run-ins within the government".

According to opposition, Prosecutor General Myktybek Abdyldayev stepped off "on his own accord".



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