BISHKEK. A book by Turkmen President, Saparmurat Niyazov, entitled 'Rukhnama' (The Book of Spirit), today was introduced to Kyrgyz audience. The book has been praised by his supporters as a new moral code for the Turkmen nation after the Koran. The official presentation of the book was held at the Kyrgyz state museum of history in Bishkek. Turkmen Ambassador to Bishkek, Soltan Pirmukhamedov, Kyrgyz lawmakers, members of the 'Kyrgyzstan-Turkmenistan' friendship society and city residents attended the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Kyrgyz human rights campaigner, Tursunbek Akun, told the gathering that Amnesty International had announced February 19, the birthday of President Niyazov, as a day of solidarity with people repressed by the Turkmenbashi regime. Akun urged to pay attention to the human rights abuses in Turkmenistan. Later, the Turkmen Ambassador was received by the speaker of the People's Representative Assembly (upper chamber) of the Kyrgyz parliament, Altay Borubayev. The two sides discussed problems of development of economic cooperation between the Central Asian countries.