The President of Belarus: "Kurmanbek Bakiev is in Minsk under the state and my personal protection"


The former President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiev is located in Minsk (Belarus), RIAN reports. The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that "the special services" of Belarus organized the transportation of Bakiev to Minsk and from now on "the President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiev and his family are based in Minsk under the state and my personal protection".

Responding to the questions after his appeal to the people and parliament, Lukashenko shared that he assigned special services to organize the transportation of Bakiev to Minsk on Monday night (April 19 - editorial note).

It has to be mentioned that the location of Kurmanbek Bakiev, the former president of Kyrgyzstan, was unknown after his arrival to Taraz (Kazakhstan) on April 16. Various sources indicated that he could go to Moscow, Turkey, Latvia (where, allegedly, Maxim Bakiev is based) and UAE. The representatives of air services and diplomatic bodies of these countries rejected such possibility. Prior to his resignation in Jalal-Abad Kurmanbek Bakiev informed that Alexander Lukashenko offered him the political asylum.

Azattyk reminds that few days ago, motivating his decision to accept Bakiev, Lukashenko said "If Kyrgyz President and his family need help in this challenging period Belarus is ready to provide assistance... We are ready to see him here. I expect the reaction of mass media. However, I would like to ask three rhetoric questions. First, what serious problems can we have in this case? Second, is not Belarus able to handle this situation? we are not going to collapse because of deteriorating relations with Kyrgyzstan? (editorial note). Third, if Kurmanbek Salievich is in Belarus, this will be positive news for interim government".

Meanwhile, Kurmanbek Bakiev informed in Jalal-Abad that he rejected the offer of Lukashenko. Perhaps, after few days since escape, he received no other offers. Since new government is still going to bring him into trial, Minsk (which offered the asylum, i.e. impossibility of extradition) became the logic solution. Lukashenko specified there were "four people" with Bakiev.

The President of Belarus instructed to check the health of Bakiev and his family and send humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan. "I ordered to send food items and basic necessities to Kyrgyzstan, facing extreme poverty", Lukashenko said.

In his turn, Edil Baisalov the head of interim government office in Kyrgyzstan noted that new government of Kyrgyzstan views Belarus as "very friendly" state and believes Minsk will ensure the security of ex-President Kurmanbek Bakiev, RIAN reported. "We urge the people of Belarus and the leadership to ensure the personal security of Kurmanbek Bakiev until he is brought to trial" Baisalov explained.


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