President Askar Akayev addressed a joint session of the two parliamentary chambers on 17 October, talking about two hours. He said the year 2002 was very successful for Kyrgyzstan and mentioned his visits to Beijing, Moscow and Washington, saying the Kyrgyzstan's relations with China, Russia and the United States have been strengthened. According to Akayev, Kyrgyzstan would try to build equal relations with China, Russia, and the U.S., however, relations with Russia and China are preferable due to long-lasted friendship with them.
Akayev also said the democratic process was deteriorated last spring for a while due to the Aksy killings and the country leadership has now to punish the officials responsible for the tragedy. He added that the prosecutor general, Chubak Abyshkaev, was dismissed on 16 October due to his failure to complete investigating the tragedy. Police opened fire at a protest demonstration in the southern Aksy district last March and killed five demonstrators.