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    Kyrgyz interim government has a lot of problems after ousting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and the UN is calling on international donors to help the Central Asian country.

    Kyrgyz interim government has a lot of problems after ousting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and the UN is calling on international donors to help the Central Asian country, a UN envoy said.

    Bakiyev had to flee the capital Bishkek on April 6 and later his traditional stronghold in the country's south following nationwide protests, which broke out about five years after he came to power as a result of the 2005 Tulip revolution. Bakiyev flew to neighboring Kazakhstan on Thursday and sent his letter of resignation to the interim government by fax on Friday.

    "One must understand that Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest countries, it's a landlocked country, it has problems to get goods outside for export, many problems with electricity during the winter... They need international support," UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Executive Director Jan Kubis was quoted as saying on the UN official website.

    Kubis, who returned from Kyrgyzstan on Friday, said the UN is currently looking into activities and problems in the country in order to adjust them to the needs of people.

    "What is encouraging is that the provisional Government is fully aware of the needs to also look into the matters how to put the Government more firmly on a constitutional and legal basis," he said.

    "We also reach out and try to mobilize the attention of international donors, individual countries to help the country, to help the people of the country indeed to come back and restart the democratic processes," Kubis added.

    The Russian government has already expressed readiness to provide aid to Kyrgyzstan's interim government. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Wednesday Russia would give Kyrgyzstan a $20 mln grant and a $30 mln concessional loan to help stabilize the economic situation in the ex-Soviet republic after the recent riots.

    MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti)

     

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