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Roza Otunbaeva: Interim Government has decided to expel deposed President Bakiev.

Interim Government Chair Roza Otunbaeva today addressed the people of Kyrgyzstan.The full text of the address follows below:"The former president of the country overthrown by the people\'s revolt has become a source of destabilization of the country. Having taken his relatives and villagers, women and children hostage and hiding behind them as live shield, he was carrying out a targeted campaign to foment civil confrontation between different regions and ethnic groups, affected integrity of Kyrgyzstan and posed a threat to peace and stability in our country.Law enforcement agencies could detain Kurmanbek Bakiev, but these actions did not give guarantees that victims among civilians might be avoided. He fulfilled his earlier voiced intentions to protect his power with weapon in his hands on April 7. We could not allow another human life to cease due to the Bakievs!Trips and statements made by Bakiev in Osh and Jalal-Abad lately in company of armed guards put a country on the verge of civil war. We could not let another tragedy of our people happen.In these conditions the Interim Government with active involvement of peace making missions of OSCE and UN and direct involvement of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had to take immediate decisive actions.All these underlie my decision to expel deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiev.The Interim Government intends to organize international investigation into the events of April 7. Kurmanbek Bakiev said he is ready to take responsibility based on findings of such investigation. We were supported by the leading world powers in our intention to bring all guilty of mass murder of Kyrgyz people to justice. Kurmanbek Bakiev will not evade court! He can not hide in any country of the world!None of cronies and relatives of Bakiev, who were near with him until the last moment, will be allowed to leave the country. Some of them who committed crimes have been arrested and will be brought to justice. Defense Minister Bakyt Kalyev was detained and he will appear before the court.The sword of justice is avoidless, justice will triumph anyway: the former president will be accountable before the Kyrgyz people to the full extent of the law."

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