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'Too Early' For Akaev's Return To Kyrgyzstan

Kurmanbek Bakiev (file photo) 30 March 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan's new prime minister and interim president, Kurmanbek Bakiev, today said that it is too early for ousted President Askar Akaev to return to the country.

Bakiev said Akaev's return could spark fresh unrest in the country.

Akaev fled Kyrgyzstan on 24 March after opposition protesters stormed the government building in the capital Bishkek. He's currently in Russia, near Moscow.

Earlier today, prominent opposition leader Feliks Kulov resigned as coordinator of Kyrgyzstan's law enforcement agencies, saying the situation has stabilized and that it's no longer necessary for him to do the job.

Kulov earlier said that Kyrgyz security services would ensure the safety of Akaev and his family if they returned home.


For more background on the crisis in Kyrgyzstan, see RFE/RL's dedicated website Revolution In Kyrgyzstan