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'Kyrgyzstan on threshold of civil war'

world Updated: Apr 14, 2010 18:19 IST

Russia on Wednesday warned that Kyrgyzstan was on the brink of a civil war and may split as the Central Asian Republic's warring leaders failed to strike a compromise on ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's offer to step down.

In his first comments on Kyrgyz developments, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev blamed Bakiyev's government for failing to prevent the unrest and said the risk of a civil war in the Central Asian country is high.

"The risk of Kyrgyzstan splitting into two parts - North and South - really exists... Kyrgyzstan is on the threshold of a civil war, and the forces in Kyrgyzstan should be aware of their responsibility," Medvedev said in Washington, according to Russian media.

He said that if a civil war sparks off in the former Soviet republic bordering China in the east, terrorists and extremists of every kind will rush into this region.

"It is during such conflicts that a favourable ground for radicals and extremists is created, and then instead of Kyrgyzstan we get a second Afghanistan," Medvedev warned addressing 'Brookings' think tank.

His warning came as the Russian Foreign Ministry said it was not aware of deposed Bakiyev's request for political asylum in Russia.

"We don't have such information. We have not received such request," a Foreign Ministry source was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS.

Earlier, the US embassy in Bishkek had also denied any plans to grant political asylum to Bakiyev, who after fleeing the capital on April 7 in the wake of bloody riots and capture of power in the Central Asian republic had taken refuge in his native village Tyeit in Jalal-Abad region in the south of the country.

Even as Medvedev warned of danger of predominantly Muslim republic turning into another Afghanistan in case of north-south civil war, efforts are underway to seek a peaceful solution.

Russian and Kyrgyz media reported about negotiations by Kyrgyz NGO leaders with Bakiyev and interim government's one of several vice premiers Azimbek Geknazarov's presence in the south of the country to negotiate the terms of Bakiyev's resignation, who has sought guaranties of security for him and close relatives.