By Arslan Sabyrbekov (the 16/10/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
On October 7, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of a regional administrative building center of the Issyk-Kul province, demanding the nationalization of Kumtor Gold Company, the country’s most lucrative asset and the largest source of tax revenue. The demonstration, which started off peacefully, later turned into violent clashes with the government’s authorized representative in the region taken hostage and with over twenty rally participants detained.
Arslan Sabyrbekov (the 02/10/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Directly after hosting the Bishkek Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev paid a four day official visit to Brussels. The trip included a number of meetings with high level officials of the European Union and resulted in several important announcements and agreements.
By Arslan Sabyrbekov (the 18/09/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst
On September 13, 2013, a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) took place in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyzstan. The leaders of Russia, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia, as well as delegations from India and Pakistan, both of which have observer status in the SCO, attended the summit and outlined their positions on a number of geopolitical issues. The joint positions of the participants were reflected in the so-called "Bishkek Declaration."
By Arslan Sabyrbekov (the 04/09/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
On August 26, 2013, the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry sent a note of protest to official Tashkent regarding a traffic accident involving Uzbek high ranking diplomats that, according to the reports, led to a scuffle.
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