By empty (5/20/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)Addressing the upper chamber of the Kyrgyz parliament on 17 May, a visibly strained President Askar Akaev appealed to the opposition to help find a peaceful solution to the mass demonstrations and protests that have wracked the country in recent months. He said the pickets in Bishkek and elsewhere to protest the parliament\'s ratification of the 1999 border agreement with China \"run counter to our laws.\" Also on 17 May, a government commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Bazarbai Mambetov left Bishkek for the south of the country to meet with the thousands of protesters who have been blocking traffic on the main Bishkek-Osh highway since 13 May.
By empty (5/20/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)Representatives of the 13 opposition parties that organized a series of mass demonstrations over the past six weeks to demand President Kocharian\'s resignation claimed on 17 May that police have resorted to an \"unprecedented\" crackdown, arresting dozens of activists and imposing fines on others for their participation in \"unsanctioned\" street protests. Artak Zeynalian of the opposition Hanrapetutiun party said police forced their way into apartments to carry out such arrests, while Democratic Party of Armenia Chairman Aram Sarkisian said that the court proceedings that culminated in some activists being fined were carried out in violation of correct legal procedure. (RFE/RL) .
By empty (5/20/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)During talks in Gali on 20 May, Georgian and Abkhaz government delegations failed to reach agreement on measures to clarify the situation in the Kodori Gorge. The Abkhaz side continues to insist on the creation of a stationary post manned by CIS peacekeepers and UN observers in the village of Azhara in the upper, Georgian-controlled reaches of the gorge; the Georgians oppose this. The two sides did agree, however, to cooperate on the restoration of the Inguri hydroelectric power station, which is to be financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank at a cost of some $38 million.
By empty (5/20/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)In his traditional Monday radio broadcast, President Shevardnadze said on 20 May that he considers the local election slogan of the opposition National Movement-Democratic Front (EMDP) headed by Mikhail Saakashvili, which advocates \"Georgia Without Shevardnadze\" as anticonstitutional, illegal, and intended to destabilize the domestic political situation. Shevardnadze stressed that he was popularly elected, and expressed doubt that the population at large would support the EMDP slogan. Saakashvili for his part responded the same day that in a democratic society everyone has the right to criticize the president if such criticism is merited.
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