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    The European Union's special representative for Central Asia will arrive in Bishkek on Saturday to assess the situation in Kyrgyzstan following the overthrow of the government, the EU said on Friday.

    The European Union's special representative for Central Asia will arrive in Bishkek on Saturday to assess the situation in Kyrgyzstan following the overthrow of the government, the EU said on Friday.

    A statement said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had dispatched Pierre Morel to the former Soviet Central Asian state "to assess the situation after the latest unrest and identify ways in which the EU, in cooperation with its international partners, can facilitate a peaceful, negotiated resolution to the crisis."

    Protests began in the northwestern Kyrgyz town of Talas on Tuesday and spread to other regions of the country, including the capital, Bishkek. At least 75 people were killed and more than 1,400 injured in the unrest.

    The opposition has taken power and vowed to hold presidential elections in six months.

    "I offer my condolences to the families and friends of the many victims," Ashton said.

    "All sides should be ready to engage in constructive internal dialogue in favor of a united and stable Kyrgyzstan," she added.

    Ashton said the EU was in close touch with its main international partners with a view to developing a shared approach to the situation in Kyrgyzstan.

    Morel will coordinate closely with the representatives of current EU president Spain and other member states in the country, as well as with the special envoys of the United Nations and the OSCE, who are also traveling to Bishkek.

     

    BRUSSELS, April 9 (RIA Novosti)

     

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