Bishkek, 21 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - The leaders of 11 Kyrgyz political parties and movements have signed a statement in Bishkek calling for Kyrgyzstan to join the Russia-Belarus Union.
The statement, signed Friday, says that "brotherly unity" between the peoples of the former Soviet Union is the only way to prevent "further economic and political destruction" in the former Soviet republics. The signatories say that the creation of a new unity based on the Russia-Belarus union is an unstoppable process.
The Kygryz political parties that support the appeal include the Communist Party of Kyrgyzstan, the Agrarian Labor Party, and the Slavic Foundation of Kyrgyzstan. Agrarian Labor Party leader Usen Sydykov said that he believes Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenko should become president of the new union.
In Armenia, the Communist Party has collected some 400,000 signatures in support of Armenia joining the Russia-Belarus union.