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2 Jun, 2007 15:18

Kyrgyz opposition to discuss union with Russia

Kyrgyz opposition to discuss union with Russia

The Kyrgyz opposition intends to hold a referendum on whether to form a confederation with Russia. Around 300 members of the United Front party gathered at a square in Bishkek to discuss current divisions in the country.

Former Prime Minister Felix Kulov says a confederation with Russia will “save Kyrgzystan's people and their unity.”

“A union with Russia would not threaten the statehood of Kyrgyzstan. A confederation would only be realized in terms of a common currency, customs service, and joint means of guarding our borders,” he suggests.

In order to hold a vote, 300,000 signatures are required.

Earlier this year, demonstrators demanded the resignation of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, resulting in clashes with police.