NEW KYRGYZ GOVERNMENT SET TO HEED PEOPLE'S INTERESTS

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MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) -The new Kyrgyz Government attaches great importance to expansion of its cooperation with the European Commission, Kyrgyzstan's acting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said during his meeting with Michael Lee, Deputy Director General for External Relations of the European Commission, a spokesperson for the Kyrgyz Government said.

Bakiyev also said that the Kyrgyz Government is taking emergency measures to stabilize the situation in the country. He pointed out that all major life-supporting sectors in Kyrgyzstan have been brought back into operation. He added that the Government is currently working to cope with a number of remaining difficulties.

"The Government regards an effective anti-corruption policy as its top priority. The previous authorities paid a lot of lip service to pursuit of anti-corruption practices but, in fact, preferred to do nothing in this vital area, and, naturally, achieved no results. Our Government is ready to do its utmost to eradicate this evil," Bakiyev said.

"High unemployment, low living standards and the former authorities' disassociation from common people - these are the chief causes that had brought about the recent developments in our country. The Government is going to undertake a complex of measures to deal with the above problems, including creation of an attractive investment climate and establishment of close ties with international organizations, donors and investors,' the acting President said.

Bakiyev expressed hope that the European Commission would provide due support for organization of the forthcoming presidential election in Kyrgyzstan, particularly with regard to upgrading the professional level of officials working on local electoral commissions and enhancing the general public's awareness of their rights.

For his part, Deputy Director General for External Affairs of the European Commission pointed out that the primary objective of his mission was to assessthe current situation in Kyrgyzstan and hold talks with the country's Government concerning provision of the necessary assistance by the EC.

Michael Lee said that the EC is ready jointly with the OSCE to provide the necessary support for organization of presidential election in Kyrgyzstan to ensure enforcement of due electoral procedures, Kyrgyzstan's news agency Kabar reports.

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