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Foreign Envoys Arrive in Kyrgyzstan to Help Stabilize Country

Kyrgyzstan's new leadership is meeting with the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, as well as senior officials from Ukraine and Georgia - the two former Soviet states where popular revolts toppled autocratic regimes.

OSCE Chairman Dimitrij Rupel and interim Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev met Thursday, to discuss preparations for a June presidential election.

The Georgian and Ukrainian foreign ministers are due to meet other interim Kyrgyz officials later in the day.

Wednesday, Mr. Bakiyev warned ousted President Askar Akayev against returning to the country, saying it could provoke a new wave of violence as passions sparked by last week's political crisis have not yet died down.

Mr. Akayev has expressed willingness to return to Bishkek to offer his resignation. Mr. Akayev fled to Moscow last week after thousands of opposition demonstrators stormed the presidential palace.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.