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US UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE RECEIVES ENVOY OF KYRGYZSTAN'S PRESIDENT

RIA Novosti

WASHINGTON, March 23 (RIA Novosti, Arkady Orlov) - On Tuesday US Undersecretary of State for political affairs Nicholas Burns received foreign policy adviser to Kyrgyzstan's president Alibek Dzhekshekulov in Washington.

As the press service of the US Department of State reports, Mr. Burns called upon the government of Kyrgyzstan to begin without preliminary conditions a dialogue with opposition to work out a policy line of long-term stability by considering the violations at the recent parliamentary elections and by laying a foundation for free and honest presidential elections this autumn.

The USA calls upon the leaders of opposition to join this dialogue without any preliminary conditions, says the report by the press service in which concern in connection with the disorders in the south of Kyrgyzstan, including the cities of Osh and Jalal-Abad, is expressed on behalf of the Washington administration.

We are continuing to call upon the government (of Kyrgyzstan) to display reserve. We condemn the use of force by either side, as well as the seizure and destruction of the government property, the report reads.

Reporting that US Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan Stephen Young will continue making efforts to find a peaceful solution, the State Department welcomed the decision of Kyrgyzstan's president Askar Akayev to receive OSCE representative for Central Asia Lojze Peterle in Bishkek.

We fully support Mr. Peterle's efforts to ensure a dialogue and to work in search of a solution, the State Department's report stresses.



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