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US backs interim Kyrgyz government


The United States is giving its backing to Kyrgyzstan’s interim government whose leader is calling for deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to stand trial for the rioting which left more than 80 people dead.

The acting head of government Roza Otunbayeva says the ousted president has blood on his hands.

US envoy, Robert Blake was less condemnatory.

He said: “I feel optimistic about the steps that the government is already taking and we look forward to helping to support that process as it moves forward.”

Former president Bakiyev says he is prepared to either leave the country or to stand trial if his safety can be guaranteed.

Acting premier Roza Otunbayeva said: “We will consider both options. If we get our hands on Bakiyev, then he will be put on trial. His departure? He has no grounds to work with, he had his time, his space, his moment to leave.”

The situation on the ground in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek remains tense as Bakiyev supporters
continue to call for his reinstatement.

The provisional government’s backers are in no mood to allow such a move.

Bakiyev has retreated south to his stronghold in Jalalabad where he now appears to have given up attempting to rally support for a comeback.

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