Kazakhstan’s President: Peacekeepers will begin to leave within two days

06:19 PM

Tuesday 11 January 2022

(Deutsche Welle)

The President of Kazakhstan confirmed that the bloody riots in his country were a “coup attempt” behind it by foreign “terrorists”, vowing that the military force deployed by Russia and its allies at the request of the authorities will withdraw “soon.”

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Tuesday that the crucial stage of what he described as the “anti-terror operation” has ended, and that the peacekeeping forces requested by his country from the “Collective Security Treaty Organization” will begin to withdraw within two days. “In general, the critical stage of the anti-terrorist operation has ended, and stability has returned to all regions,” Kazinform agency quoted him as saying.

He added, “In this context, I announce that the main task of the CSTO peacekeeping forces has been successfully completed. The gradual withdrawal of the CSTO peacekeeping forces will begin over the next two days.”

Life is gradually returning to normal in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, which has been the scene of the fiercest unrest. Internet and public transport services have returned intermittently, but the facades of burned public buildings and charred car bodies indicate the extent of the violence of the clashes.

Tokayev had asked the organization, a Russian-led military alliance that includes ex-Soviet countries, to help restore public order after the riots in the country as part of protests against high energy prices.

Tokayev said yesterday that the unrest in his country was a “coup attempt” seeking to seize power, without providing further details. He also spoke of monitoring planned and coordinated attacks on the buildings of local authorities, law enforcement agencies and prisons.

Reference-www.masrawy.com

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