U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the Kyrgyz temporary premier to resolve the current political situation in the ex-Soviet republic in a peaceful way, the Department of State said.
"Secretary Clinton spoke to Ms. Roza Otunbayeva to support the efforts of the Kyrgyz administration to resolve peacefully Kyrgyzstan's current political problems and renew Kyrgyzstan's path to democracy, economic prosperity and respect for human rights," Assistant Secretary Philip Crowley said in a statement.
Three days of violent protests that began in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday left at least 79 people dead and over 1,500 injured. The riots led to President Kurmanbek Bakiyev fleeing the capital, Bishkek, for the south of the country.
"The Secretary spoke about regional security and the important role Kyrgyzstan plays in hosting the Transit Center at the Manas Airport. Ms. Otunbayeva confirmed the Kyrgyz administration will abide by previous agreements regarding the Center," Crowley said adding that Clinton "offered continued humanitarian assistance and United States support for Kyrgyz efforts to stabilize their political and economic situation."
The official said that Clinton also dispatched Assistant Secretary Robert Blake out to Kyrgyzstan to follow up on her discussion.
WASHINGTON, April 11 (RIA Novosti)