Kyrgyz opposition to discuss union with Russia
2 Jun, 2007 15:18
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.