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[19.12.22] President Appeals to Nation To Be Unified, While Opposition Continues Criticism Over Kyrgyz-Chinese Border Agreement

Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev visited Ysyk-Kul region today. He met with representatives of the local authorities and residents of the region in the town of Cholpon-Ata. Akayev told his audience about the relations between the government and opposition. Regarding the ceding of a part of the mountainous area of Uzoengue-Kuush to China, he backed the government decision and appealed to the nation to be unified in order to strengthen Kyrgyz statehood. He said that next year the 2200th anniversary of the ancient Kyrgyz statehood will be celebrated. Akayev stressed importance of development of tourism infrastructure in the area of Ysyk-Kul lake.
Meanwhile, an opposition movement For Resignation of Askar Akayev and For Reforms In the Nation's Interests is appealing to the authorities to add the Uzoengue-Kuush issue to the agenda of the forthcoming referendum on changes and amendments to the Kyrgyz Constitution. The leaders of the movement, MPs Ismail Isakov and Azimbek Beknazarov, said at today's news conference in Bishkek that if the Constitutional court will not consider the appeal on the ceding of Uzoengue-Kuush, signed by the eleven deputies, then the movement will begin to collect signatures of the Kyrgyzstanis to appeal to an international court.
Some Kyrgyz opposition groups are criticizing the ratification procedure of the Kyrgyz-Chinese border agreement as being not in accordance with the Constitution. Isakov said that 20,000 people already signed an appeal on adding the border issue into the referendum agenda. However, they need to collect at least 300,000 signatures to do it.


RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, December 19, 2002

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