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[20.06.2OO2] State secretary condemns separatism of the protesters

State Secretary Osmonakun Ibraimov told a parliamentary session on 20 June that some protesters in the southern Jalal-Abad province call for formation the autonomous Aksy region with its possible joining to either Uzbekistan or Russia. According to Ibraimov, it would be unlawful action and President Islam Karimov of neighboring Uzbekistan is already angry about it.
Protesters announced last week that they could have announced autonomy for the Aksy district if their demands are not met. Police killed six participants of a demonstration in support of Beknazarov in Aksy on 17-18 March.
RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, June 20, 2002

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