ACTING KYRGYZ PRESIDENT: LAW ON DUAL CITIZENSHIP ESSENTIAL

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MOSCOW, May 11 (RIA Novosti) - The Kyrgyz parliament is raising the issue of introducing dual citizenship with Russia. "It is simply essential to pass the relevant law," acting Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said in an interview with Noviye Izvestia, a daily.

Kyrgyzstan itself needs this law. According to various estimates, from 400,000 to 500,000 Kyrgyz citizens live and work outside the republic. Moreover, this would create better conditions for Russian capital, for attracting Russian investment to the Kyrgyz economy. In other words, it would be advantageous for both states.

The law is also needed to avert a mass outflow of the Russian-speaking population, which started long ago and reached significant proportions in 1993 and 1995 before stabilizing. However, the situation deteriorated again after the revolutionary events of March 24, and the main reason was the economy. People are not confident about what tomorrow may bring, do not see the real sector developing, new jobs, and are not certain about their children's prospects after they graduate from higher schools. "Naturally, they want to leave the country," Bakiyev told Noviye Izvestia.

The government and non-governmental public organizations are working to stop this outflow. Apart from public work and persuasion, the best way of influencing people is to ensure stability, law and order.

In conclusion, Bakyiev rejected media reports that the environmental situation around the unique Lake Issyk-Kul was deteriorating. He assured the newspaper that there were no problems and that it was still one of the best and most beautiful places for rest and recreation.

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