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OSCE Says Situation In Kyrgyzstan Still Unstable

8 April 2005 -- An international envoy warned today the situation in Kyrgyzstan remained unstable, more than two weeks after the ousting of President Askar Akaev.

Alojz Peterle, special envoy from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told reporters that the OSCE is "still concerned" about developments in Kyrgyzstan.

Peterle said that although the situation has improved, it remains "quite unstable."

He said parliament's failure to accept Akaev's resignation and delays by the Supreme Court in overturning criminal charges that were seen as politically motivated against opposition leader Felix Kulov were harming stability.

Earlier today, parliament failed for a fourth consecutive day to accept Akaev's resignation, seen as a key step toward ensuring a smooth vote to elect his successor.

It was due to debate the issue again on 11 April.


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