UN special envoy in Kyrgyzstan to help restore constitutional order (2)

11:17, April 13, 2010      

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Three days after deadly unrest broke out in Bishkek, the situation in the capital city began to calm down on Saturday.

Last week, thousands of protesters clashed with security forces throughout the Central Asian country, driving out local governments and seizing government headquarters in Bishkek. President Bakiyev fled to the south late Wednesday following the bloody unrest. Opposition parties on Thursday formed an interim government led by Roza Otunbayeva, a former foreign minister.

Also on Monday, Martin Nesirky, the spokesman for the secretary- general, confirmed that UN Under-Secretary-general for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe had met with then-opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva while the secretary-general was visiting Kyrgyzstan, saying that "the secretary-general had asked Pascoe to meet with about half a dozen people, including Otunbayeva, while the secretary-general was in other meetings."

Nesirky noted that the secretary-general had said that he could sense the tense atmosphere while he was visiting Kyrgyzstan.

"The focus of the United Nations was on ensuring calm and dialogue in Kyrgyzstan, which is why Kubis had returned to Bishkek, " the spokesman said.

Source: Xinhua
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