Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev runs away to Kazakhstan.

By bne IntelliNews April 16, 2010
Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was deprived of power as a result of mass riots last week, ran away to Kazakhstan . Bakiyev decided to leave Kyrgyzstan after shots happened at the rally he spoke at. Bakiyev came to Kazakh city of Taraz , the press secretary for the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, Ilyas Omarov has stated. At the same time he has denied that Bakiyev was heading to capital city of Astana . Meanwhile, US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake consulted issues related to Kyrgyzstan with Kazakhstan as the OSCE chairman. To remind you, Kazakhstan chairs the OSCE this year.

IntelliNews comment: The decision to allow Bakiyev to come to the country indicates that Kazakhstan decided to play an active role in stabilization situation in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan . In fact, situation in the neighbouring country was among topics of talks between Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev and U.S. president Barack Obama and Russia president Dmitry Medvedev, a few days earlier in Washington . It seems that Nazarbayev realized how important the issue is and decided to act more actively to win appreciation from the USA and Russia . To remind you, Kazakhstan strives for American support to the idea to hold the OSCE summit in Astana later this year. The issue however was not decided during the last meeting between Nazarbayev and Obama.

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