Belarus will not extradite Bakiyev, UN to grant $12 million

By Andrew Moran.

Bishkek - Prosecutors for the interim government ordered the extradition of former Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Tuesday but the Belarus President says they will not extradite the "legitimate President."

Digital Journal reported on Tuesday that the Kyrgyzstan interim government ordered the extradition of ousted leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev and stripped him of his immunity but Belarus has responded and said they will not extradite, according to the National Legal Internet Portal of the Republic of Belarus.

Belarus will not extradite

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with Reuters that his government will reject any extradition order for Bakiyev, "Nobody has addressed me officially (with an extradition request). But I want to declare it officially: These requests will be hopeless and humiliating for the interim government."

Lukashenko added that Bakiyev is under the protection of the Belarus state and they will recognize him as the legitimate President of Kyrgyzstan because the Kyrgyz Constitution states that he must submit his resignation to a proper government but there is no proper form of government instated to accept it.

"So, he remains the legitimate President today. He is not going to return to Kyrgyzstan to be the president again. He declares that he is ready to help the country and so-called interim government resolve the legal deadlock."

The Belarusian President also said that if Bakiyev returns to Bishkek then the temporary government will have another problem to resolve and asked for the interim government to thank him for "removing the 1,001st problem."

United Nations provides Kyrgyzstan with $12 million

During a news conference on Tuesday, special representative for the UN Secretary General, Miroslav Jenca, said the UN will grant Kyrgyzstan with $12 million and depending on the situation, the amount could be increased, reports the Kyiv Post.

Jenca further added that the UN is willing to work with the Kyrgyz interim government and help bring peace, stability and order to the Central Asian nation. A UN expert will be sent to Kyrgyzstan to legally analyze the situation.

Iran Minister visits Kyrgyzstan

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minsiter Mohammad Reza Sheibani visited Kyrgyzstan and held separate meetings with head Roza Otunbayeva and interim Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev on Tuesday, reports Press TV.

Sheibani believes regional cooperation will be a key factor in bringing stability to the country and maintaining security in the region against foreign provocations. The Iranian Minister said his government is ready to "intensify bilateral ties" with Bishkek.

"The interim head of Kyrgyzstan expressed gratitude for Iran's timely humanitarian aid and disclosed detailed plans to hold a referendum and presidential election," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released.


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