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Ousted Kyrgyz president says he will not return

By the CNN Wire Staff
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kurmanbek Bakiev says he will stay in exile in Belarus
  • He is looking into private sector work, he says
  • Bakiev says peacekeepers should be sent into Kyrgyzstan

Minsk, Belarus (CNN) -- Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev said Monday that he had no intention of returning to power and hopes to remain in Belarus, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

Bakiev was ousted in April when violent protests erupted in Bishkek, sparked by higher utility prices and allegations of corruption. He had been under criticism by his opponents for fueling ethnic tensions in the south.

Speaking from Belarus' capital, Minsk, where he lives in exile, Bakiev said he is looking for opportunities with the private sector.

"I am a man from the production sector, and I am examining Belarusian law now. I have yet to consult with Alexander Grigoryevich [Lukashenko, the president of Belarus]. We have already exchanged opinions," Bakiev said in Minsk on Monday.

"I think that, if I am helpful here, I will do something in the production sector. I am not going to engage in politics," he said.

Bakiev also said that peacekeeping forces, under the auspices of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, should be sent to areas of conflict in Kyrgyzstan. The organization comprises Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

"I believe CSTO's Collective Operational Reaction Force could normalize the situation, and this should be done," he said.

According to the International Crisis Group, the former president left a power vacuum that was exploited by different political agendas.

In its April report after the installation of an interim government, the group projected that the economic failure and a collapsing infrastructure generated public resentment and that there were long-term risks of violence.

The International Crisis Group is an independent, nonprofit nongovernmental organization involved in conflict resolution.