Updated at 17:46,10-07-2018

Kyrgyzstan has recalled its ambassador from Belarus


Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Belarus Erik Asanaliev was recalled by the country's Kyrgyzstan Foreign Ministry on August 24 "for consultation."

This measure was taken "due to a lack of response from the Belarusian authorities," to the note verbale expressed on August 21 to Belarus' foreign ministry's statement of August 22 about Zhanysh Bakiyev's stay in Belarus, the press office of the Kyrgyzstan Foreign Ministry reports.

Zhanysh Bakiyev, brother of Kazakhstan President, is wanted by law enforcement agencies of Kyrgyzstan and by Interpol for committing major criminal offences. Kyrgyz authorities accused him in shooting protesters during the revolution of April 7, 2010 when 86 people were killed. Zhanysh Bakiyev is also called the main principal and the organizer of Medet Sadyrkulov's assassination, he was the head of the presidential administration of Kazakhstan.

Kyrgyzstan has recalled its ambassador from Belarus

Public activist Mikhail Pashkevich photographed Bakiyev near the Grunwald cafe in Minsk on August 17. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan sent to Belarus' Foreign Ministry a verbal note "to take comprehensive measures by the Belarusian side in order to arrest Zhanysh Bakiyev as soon as possible, and subsequently, to extradite to the Kyrgyz Republic".

August 22 unveiled that Kyrgyzstan citizens, who are on international wanted list for a triple murder, were also on photographs. They are former deputy chairman of the State Guard Service Rysaliev Tahir, born in 1957 in the Naryn region of Kazakhstan, and Rustam Sayduev, born in 1976, native of the Jalal-Abad region, a close friend of Maxim Bakiyev.

Kyrgyzstan has recalled its ambassador from Belarus

Relatives of the victims, died during the April 2010 events in Kyrgyzstan, held a rally in front of the Belarusian Embassy in Bishkek August 23. The protesters tried to enter the embassy territory and deliver a letter demanding the extradition of Zhanysh Bakiyev.

Meanwhile, the Belarusian state news agency BelTA reported with a reference to the Kyrgyz Embassy in Belarus that information on the recall of the ambassador from Minsk is false. The embassy says that "we have read about it on the Internet", and the ambassador is currently on a business trip.