"It is good to be here in Kyrgyzstan at a time of excitement and a time of promise," Rice said during a press conference. "We watched with great interest the 'tulip revolution.' We watched with great interest the Kyrgyz people who decided to take fate into their own hands and to give themselves a chance for democracy."
She also urged Kyrgyzstan's constitutional council to complete reforms soon, saying: "I want to urge the constitutional council to complete the reform process by the end of 2005, forming a new constitution in open partnership with parliament and the full range of society."
Rice will be in Kazakhstan tomorrow for talks with President Nursultan Nazarbaev. She has called on the Kazakh leader to ensure the country's 4 December presidential election is free and fair.
The U.S. secretary of state is also due to visit Tajikistan and Afghanistan. She also plans to make a side trip to Pakistan following the country's devastating earthquake on 8 October.
(RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service/Reuters/AP/AFP)
U.S. Secretary Of State Rice Begins Central Asian Tour
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