Ambassador airs France\'s concern over situation in Kyrgyzstan

France is concerned about the situation in riots-hit Kyrgyzstan, Ambassador Michel Rainieri told reporters in Minsk on Thursday, BelaPAN reports.

The diplomat would not comment on Alyaksandr Lukashenka's decision to offer refuge to ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Speaking about the situation in Kyrgyzstan, he said, "We are closely following what is happening in Kyrgyzstan and are concerned about the situation as there are victims and loss of life. The European Union and the OSCE have worked together on the matter ever since the crisis broke out in Kyrgyzstan."

"France is calling for the direct and speedy return to constitutionality in the framework of a law-based state," Mr. Rainieri said.

Paris is "satisfied with the fact that Kyrgyzstan's new government is working on a constitutional reform and is going to hold elections in the country as soon as possible," the ambassador noted. "We are urging all parties involved in these events to bear responsibility and prefer dialogue to some other actions. It is this attitude that will meet the expectations of the country's citizens," he said.

The ambassador stressed that France would never attempt to advise that Belarus make a choice between Europe and Belarus.

"The president of France and all of his European counterparts are working on the construction of a security architecture in Europe. And all of the states must devise a strategy in this matter. I mean not only Russia, but also Turkey, Ukraine and, of course, Belarus," Mr. Rainieri said.