BISHKEK. Several opposition parties today rejected a proposal to organize a gathering (kurultai) of the Kyrgyzstan Peoples set for March 6. Among the parties are the 'Erkindik' (Freedom), 'Erkin Kyrgyzstan' (Free Kyrgyzstan), 'Asaba' (Flag) National Revival Party, Communists and two lawmakers' fractions. Lawmakers Ishenbai Kadyrbekov and Apsamat Masaliev told RFE/RL today on the decision of the parties.
The national Congress, another group of parties, did not decide on its participation at the kurultai yet, a representative of the 'Atameken' (Motherland) Socialist Party told RFE/RL today.
The Assembly of Kyrgyzstan People, a semi-official body of the national and cultural centers of the ethnic groups in the country, was an initiator of holding a special gathering in Bishkek on March 6. Its aim is to have a dialogue between the Government, NGOs and opposition and pro-government parties on current political development in the country.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties and NGOs are preparing their alternate meeting and day of remembrance of the five peaceful protesters shot dead during their demonstration in the Aksy district of the Jalalabad region on March 17-18, last year. Opposition and relatives of the killed protesters say that the Government did not fully address their demands to punish those officials allegedly involved in the shooting.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Breffni O'Rourke in Prague