BISHKEK. Some opposition politicians and representatives of the Kyrgyz Government will participate at a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on February 12. Among them are the leader of the 'Asaba' (Flag) National Revival Party, lawmaker Azimbek Beknazarov, a member of the Respublica Party, Gyias Tokombayev, and the chairman of the Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights, Ramazan Dyryldaev, and from the Kyrgyz government - the Kyrgyzstan representative at the OSCE, Ambassador Alikbek Jekshenkulov. The session will discuss the human rights and political situation in Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan. The gathering will be a first meeting of the representatives of the Kyrgyz opposition and government at the international level after the referendum on constitutional reforms and maintenance of the president's position held on February 2.
Several CIS member-states hailed the referendum as a new step in democratization in Kyrgyzstan, while some opposition parties, NGOs and international human rights organizations criticized shortcomings in preparation and procedures of the plebiscite.