THERE'S CONFLICT BREWING IN KYRGYZSTAN'S OPPOSITION CAMP-EX-PRESIDENT AKAYEV
MOSCOW, April 5 (RIA Novosti's Sergei Gorbunov) - There is a conflict brewing in Kyrgyzstan's Opposition camp, the deposed Kyrgyz president Askar Akayev believes.
Commenting in a RIA interview on OSCE Chairman-in-Office Dimitrij Rupel's pronouncements about controversies among the Opposition forces that had taken power in Kyrgyzstan, he described the current political situation in the country as "very complicated indeed."
"I go along with the OSCE Chair-in-Office, Mr Rupel, on that," noted Mr Akayev.
The moderate and radical Opposition leaders who joined hands on March 24 to seize power in Kyrgyzstan are now vying among themselves for the top job. "This is a natural phenomenon, I believe," our interviewee said. He found it hard to identify the force in opposition to the republic's current authorities.
Mr Akayev suggested that Kyrgyzstan's neighbors should be invited to mediate in the brewing conflict. He acknowledged that the OSCE could make some difference by stepping in, but said that assistance from neighboring nations and regional alliances, such as the Central Asian Cooperation Organization, would be more instrumental. Along with Kyrgyzstan, this organization includes Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Russia. "Neighboring countries have a better understanding...., and then again, good neighborly relations all along, economic and trade cooperation, thousands of leverage channels," noted Mr Akayev. "This is why I think that the impact of neighboring countries on the situation could be more fruitful, more effective, along with the OSCE, of course," he said, adding that all the member states of the Central Asian Cooperation Organization were affiliated with the OSCE.
Mr Akayev made particular emphasis on Kyrgyzstan's relations with Russia. "I have always believed that Kyrgyzstan should have special relations with Russia. This is very important indeed," our interviewee said in conclusion.
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