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Ousted Kyrgyz President Asks For UN Peacekeepers

President Kurmanbek Bakiev

President Kurmanbek Bakiev

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev says he has asked the United Nations to send peacekeepers to the Central Asian country after he was forced to flee the capital Bishkek last week.

Bakiev told reporters from a town in the south of the country that he wants the UN to establish an independent commission into the events of April 7.

At least 81 people were killed on April 7 when riot police and troops shot into crowds of protesters in the capital.