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Kyrgyz president says ready for negotiations, warns of further bloodshed

2010-04-13 08:01 BJT

Special Report: Unrest in Kyrgyzstan |

BISHKEK, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said Monday he is willing to negotiate with the interim government formed by the opposition, while the interim leaders sought financial aid from Russia and mulled special operations against the ousted president.

Bakiyev, who was forced to flee the capital city following nationwide protests last week, made the gesture when speaking to supporters at his hometown in the southern province of Jalalabad.

The president asked for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping contingent in the Central Asian nation, saying the nation's police force and defense troops have already been paralyzed.

He also said that his supporters would soon start to stage demonstrations and protests in the south of the country.

According to Bakiyev, a majority of southern Kyrgyz people remained supportive of him and they would take to the streets in Jalalabad and Osh from Tuesday.

Responding to the threats that the interim government would take action against him, Bakiyev warned that any attempt to seize or kill him would result in more bloodshed.

Also on Monday, Almazbek Atambayev, first deputy prime minister of the interim Kyrgyz government, told reporters that the interim leaders mulled special operations against Bakiyev.

Earlier, the interim government had warned it could use force against Bakiyev, raising tensions in the country whose economy has already been battered.

"The interim government is prepared to use force in the event that Bakiyev attempts to destabilize the situation," Omurbek Tekebayev, a deputy head of the interim government said Sunday on national radio.

Meanwhile, Atambayev said the government expected more economic aid from Russia due to the current situation.

"In the peace time in 2009 Kyrgyzstan had been allocated 150 million U.S. dollars, and in the developed situation, naturally, aid will be bigger," said Almazbek Atambayev at a press conference.