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NEW KYRGYZ AUTHORITIES TO DEMAND AKAYEV'S EXTRADITION

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - It is not ruled out that the new Kyrgyz authorities will demand the extradition of Askar Akayev when his whereabouts become known, the Kabar information agency quoted acting Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva as saying.

"Today the key task is stabilization in Kyrgyzstan but later the country will most likely demand Akayev's extradition if his whereabouts are known," she said.

"At the moment nobody has exact information on his whereabouts," Otunbayeva stressed.

According to her, Kyrgyzstan's ambassador to the United States Bakytbek Abdrisayev will be dismissed in the near future. The Kyrgyz diplomat called the power shift in Kyrgyzstan "a serious violation of the Constitution."

The ambassador said he intended to continue performing his duties because he was appointed by President Akayev.

Russia will remain Kyrgyzstan's strategic partner and ally, Roza Otunbayeva said. Under the former leadership the opposition claimed its intention to develop relations with Russia, she noted.

The Republic's power structures are under total control, Otunbayeva assured.

According to member of the public trust coordination council Viktor Chernomorets, the situation in Kyrgyzstan is complicated but remains under control and it is unnecessary to deploy troops in Bishkek at the moment.

The Interior Ministry of Kyrgyzstan is going to call on businessmen and ordinary people to form self-defense militia units in order to prevent disorders and looting, Chernomorets said.

Roza Otunbayeva and Viktor Chernomorets reported that former MP Ismail Isakov was appointed new Defense Minister of Kyrgyzstan.



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