Kyrgyzstan’s Second Chance

by Nathan Hamm on 6/16/2005

At a press conference in Washington, Roza Otunbayeva told reporters that the upcoming election provides Kyrgyzstan a second chance to prove its democratic credentials.

Otunbayeva, a former ambassador to the U.S., said that the first attempt at establishing a democratic Kyrgyzstan, “after the collapse of the former Soviet Union,” did not live up to its promise. Otunbayeva said her meeting earlier Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was “just the beginning of our Kyrgyz-American dialogue on this second round of our development.” She also expressed her country’s strong desire to join other former Soviet republics, notably Armenia and Georgia, as candidates for U.S. aid from the Millennium Challenge Accounts, which provide development assistance to those countries deemed to hold fair and transparent elections, who invest in their citizens, and encourage economic freedom.

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