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Kyrgyzstan Etnic Voilence uprooted 400,000 people. Interim Govt is led by Otunbayeva, US Base Closed north of Kyrgyz.


Opposition protesters seized the presidential administration Wednesday night and announced on state radio that they had formed an interim government with former foreign minister Otunbayeva as its head.

Opposition protesters seized the presidential administration Wednesday night and announced on state radio that they had formed an interim government with former foreign minister Otunbayeva as its head. This comes as Kyrgyz Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov has signed a letter of resignation after a day of spectacular violence in the country. Meanwhile, Otunbayeva vowed that the new leadership in the country would move quickly to normalize the situation, AFP reported.

Otunbayeva has also called on President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who has reportedly fled Bishkek — the capital of the strategic Central Asian state — to step down. The Kyrgyz opposition leader says she does not know about the whereabouts of Bakiyev. US military flights from a base north of the Kyrgyz capital have been suspended after authorities closed the airport amid anti-government riots. The air field in Manas, which serves both US military aircraft and commercial flights, was “shut down” at about 8:00 pm local time in Kyrgyzstan (1400 GMT), a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP.

The US depends on the Kyrgyz base to ferry troops, fuel and weapons for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan. In Osh, Otunbayeva defended her government from criticism that it had been unable to contain the ethnic bloodshed and to cope with the escalating humanitarian crisis, which the United Nations said had uprooted more than 400,000 people. “Leave us some hope! Stop saying that we are not working,” she said. “Our forces say that they are coping.” The provisional government has insisted it is in control of the situation, though it pleaded for Russian military assistance at the start of crisis.

The Russian-led security group, Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), said Thursday it would not send peacekeepers to the country and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Kyrgyz authorities must resolve the situation themselves. “I think there is no need to involve Russian peacekeepers, and our Kyrgyz partners withdrew that request, because actually it is they themselves that must resolve this situation, it is an internal affair,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on the Kremlin’s website. Otunbayeva was to visit a local hospital and meet with regional officials but will stay away from the city’s devastated Uzbek neighborhoods — many of which were burnt to the ground amid the worst of the ethnic bloodshed.

Foreign aid is being rushed to those displaced by the violence. Up to 100,000 people had taken refuge in Uzbekistan, not counting children, while about 300,000 are thought to be internally displaced, according to UN figures. Robert Blake, the US assistant secretary of state for south and central Asian affairs, was in Uzbekistan’s border region of Andijan Friday, where most of the refugees have fled. He was scheduled to visit hastily erected camps where aid workers were struggling to cope with refugees desperate for food, water, shelter and medical supplies.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki has stated that the Islamic Republic wants peace and stability in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. He made the remarks in a phone conversation on Monday with the interim leader of Kyrgyzstan, Roza Otunbayeva. “We believe that the maintenance of peace and stability will benefit the Kyrgyz nation as well as the people and countries of the region,” Mottaki told Otunbayeva. The Kyrgyz opposition, led by former Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva, took power last week and dissolved the parliament.

During the uprising, clashes in Bishkek and other towns claimed the lives of 81 people and over 1,500 people were injured. Mottaki went on to say that recent events in the country are internal matters and Iran will support any decision made by the Kyrgyz people.

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