Tuesday, June 28, 2005
KYRGYZ GOVERNMENT BLAMES AKAYEV FOR COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY UPRISING IN BISHKEK - Eurasia Daily Monitor
Kyrgyzstan's post-revolution defense minister, Ismail Isakov, was authorized by the defense ministers' session to tell the press that the creation of a second Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan is intended. It will, apparently, carry a CSTO label. The CSTO's Russian-led military staff has been tasked to determine the possible missions, troop level, and armament of such a base, and whether it should be designated as temporary or permanent. Another post-revolution leader, Felix Kulov, had publicly called last month for the deployment of a second Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan, to be located in Osh."
'We have received 135 letters from 122 countries with the request to not give back to Uzbekistan its citizens, located in our territory. The situation is difficult. It is necessary to take into account that we have ticklish relations with Uzbekistan. We don't want a destabilization in the region', Otunbayeva noted."
Incase you have no idea what a Kyrgyzstan is, here is the recipe for how to make one.
Incase you missed this two weeks ago, this is a good run down of the players here...
And regarding the last blurb about Kulov, after careful thought I think this guy is brilliant. I mean he forced the current government to give him a "get out of jail" card by telling them he would like to go back to jail when that was against popular opinion. I mean if he didn't do that this up coming election could be a real gamble for his freedom depending on who is elected but now he is free and probably going to be vice president.. Really I would love to meet him thats quite amazing strategy.
Monday, June 27, 2005
Kyrgyz Newz from Bolot Beck
Review of the week main events
1. Organizers of the riot should be punished.
2. The riot cost 24 million soms for the Interior Ministry.
3. Kyrgyzstan for strengthening integration in CIS.
4. New group of Uzbek refugees could be extradited back to Uzbekistan.
5. Stability in Southern Kyrgyzstan depends on drug trafficking from Afghanistan.
6. There are forces trying to suspend the presidential election.
7. Commission on property of Akayev ends its investigation.
8. UN tries stopping extradition of Uzbek refugees back to Uzbekistan.
20 June, Monday:
1. ORGANIZERS OF THE RIOT SHOULD BE PUNISHED. Chairman of the Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights Ramazan Dyryldaev urged the government on 20 June to take strong measures to secure stability in the country defending gains of the 24 March revolution. According to him, all the organizers of the 17 June riot in Bishkek as well as shooting in Osh on 13 June must be found and punished. He also accused the law enforcement agencies of negligence for their inability to detain Aidar Akayev, who, according to reports, was in Bishkek on 17 June. Dyryldaev called also the Constitutional and Supreme courts of Kyrgyzstan as illegitimate bodies. KCHR
21 June, Tuesday:
2. THE RIOT COST 24 MILLION SOMS FOR THE INTERIOR MINISTRY. The Ministry of Internal Affairs stated on 21 June that filed a criminal case against Urmat Barktabasov, who organized the disturbances in Bishkek on 17 June. According to the ministry, about 7,000 people took part in the unsanctioned meeting with aim to topple the government, more than 50 policemen were injured; two of them were still in serious conditions. In addition to it, police had to serve round a clock the four following days and te damage was 24.4 million soms (about $595,000) and would try Barktabasov to compensate the damage. Interfax
22 June, Wednesday:
3. KYRGYZSTAN FOR STRENGTHENING INTEGRATION IN CIS. Acting Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said at a meeting of the Inter-State Council of the Eurasian Economic Commonwealth (EurAsEC) in Moscow on 22 June that Kyrgyzstan is an active supporter of deepening integration processes in the CIS and strengthening cooperation in the EurAsEC and would meet all its commitments taken before. According to him, it is necessary working out new architecture of international security and strengthening the role of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Roza Otunbaeva took part in Moscow the same day in a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministries of CSTO. PSP
23 June, Thursday:
4. NEW GROUP OF UZBEK REFUGEES COULD BE EXTRADITED BACK TO UZBEKISTAN. Acacia Shields, the Central Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch, said in Bishkek on 23 June that "Twenty-nine people from the Uzbek refugees' tent camp are currently being held at pretrial detention facilities in the city of Osh" and Kyrgyz authorities could extradite them back to Uzbekistan. According to her, "It is a violation of international law to return a person to a country that uses torture, and we know that Uzbekistan is such a country" and human rights defenders do not know yet what happened with the four refugees extradited earlier, whether they are alive still. The same day in the morning, Prosecutor General Azimbek Beknazarov told the parliamentary session Kyrgyzstan would return the 29 people to Uzbekistan because they are criminals and they took part in organizing the riot in Andijan. However, after a meeting with human rights activists, Beknazarov said the same day the extradition would be suspended. The same day, Amnesty International urged the Kyrgyz authorities not to forcibly return to Uzbekistan the Uzbek refugees. To receive the appeal, please send a request to IdinovN@tiscali.cz. AI, Reuters, Interfax, AKIpress
5. STABILITY IN SOUTHERN KYRGYZSTAN DEPENDS ON DRUG TRAFFICKING FROM AFGHANISTAN. Acting Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said at a meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Moscow on 23 June that stability could not be secured on the national level only and the issue should be resolved on the regional and international levels. According to him, stability in the Ferghana Valley depends on drug trafficking and activity of the extremist forces from Afghanistan. PSP
24 June, Friday:
6. THERE ARE FORCES TRYING TO SUSPEND THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. Acting President Kurmanbek Bakiev said in an interview with Russian agency Interfax, "On the whole the situation is stable, although…. there is a category of politician in Kyrgyzstan who want elections to be put off from July 10 until the autumn and are trying to create prerequisites for that…. They will hardly succeed…. "The republic has sufficient strength and means to keep the situation under control…. I promise that if anything of this kind is done by destructive forces, they will be offered rigorous resistance". To receive the text, please send a request to IdinovN@tiscali.cz. Interfax
7. COMMISSION ON PROPERTY OF AKAYEV ENDS ITS INVESTIGATION. The state commission on property of ex-president Askar Akayev and his family reported on 24 June it completed its investigation and issued a report on it. According to it, as a result of consolidation of all authorities in the hands of Askar Akayev, a single person managed all the financial and economic resources of the country for many years. The report includes the approximate index of 177 companies to be revised on belonging to Akayev, his family members or relatives. To receive the report, please send a request to IdinovN@tiscali.cz. AKIpress
25 June, Saturday:
8. UN TRIES STOPPING EXTRADITION OF UZBEK REFUGEES BACK TO UZBEKISTAN. On 25 June, UN Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Kamel Morjane arrived in Bishkek to seek an acceptable solution to the precarious situation of some 450 Uzbek asylum seekers in the country, including 29 men facing possible deportation. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour have issued a statement asking Kyrgyzstan not to send anyone back to Uzbekistan without following a proper status determination procedure. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has also made a statement of concern on behalf of the group. Reuters
Exchange of elites?
Kazakh chief takes no chances - Planning for December Elections - International Herald Tribune
More Kyrgyz media links
Kyrgyzstan News Agency
Kyrgyzstan Freenet (funded by the U.S. State Department)
Courtnet in Kyrgyzstan, a Peace Corps volunteer (hasn't posted since April)
Central Asian Gateway
United Coalition (I'm not sure, but it may be a political party's website)
EurasiaNet (Central Asia, Caucus News)
Central Asia News
The Times of Central Asia