13 Apr 2010 16:49

New Kyrgyz authorities guarantee safety for Bakiyev

BISHKEK. April 13 (Interfax) - The new Kyrgyz authorities are ready to guarantee safety for ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, acting head of the Kyrgyz security service Keneshbek Dyushebayev said.

"We are ready to guarantee safety to him and his family," he told journalists on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, deputy head of the interim government Azimbek Beknazarov told Interfax that the interim Kyrgyz government offered for Bakiyev to come to Bishkek.

"We do not believe him, he keeps changing his mind every time. He should come here and be held accountable by law," Beknazarov said.

Earlier Bakiyev suggested to head of the interim Kyrgyz government Roza Otunbayeva that she come to Jalal-Abad (the country's south) for talks.

The president said he was ready to step down, provided he and his relatives are guaranteed safety. "I will step down if safety is guaranteed for me and my relatives."