Ousted Kyrgyz president welcome in Belarus - Lukashenko
MINSK, April 18 (RIA Novosti) - Belarus is ready to receive former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and give him and his family whatever help they need, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Sunday.
"If the president of Kyrgyzstan and his family need support and assistance at this difficult time, they will get it in Belarus," Lukashenko told journalists.
"If he wants to come - today, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow - we are ready to receive him here in Belarus," he said.
Bakiyev fled Bishkek on April 7 amid violent protests in the Kyrgyz capital that killed more than 80 people and saw the opposition take power. He flew to Kazakhstan on Thursday and reportedly resigned on Friday.
The interim government in Kyrgyzstan says it will set up an international investigation into alleged crimes committed by Bakiyev. Charges have already been filed against some of his relatives.
Lukashenko said Bakiyev was in Kazakhstan with his 5-year-old son, daughter and wife, and rejected reports that he had resigned.
"For me, today he is the president of the country. It is not right to trust the signature on the letter of resignation, which is now being shown in the media," the Belarusian president said.
Bakiyev had refused to step down as the interim government was demanding, but reports on Friday said a resignation letter had been faxed from a location in Kazakhstan to the authorities in Bishkek. A statement was published later on Friday by the Kazakh state news agency Kazinform.
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