Publication: Monitor Volume: 4 Issue: 145

Chairing a session of Kyrgyzstan’s National Security Council yesterday, President Askar Akaev tasked the relevant ministries and agencies to ensure the country’s “readiness for a situation of armed conflict.” Akaev decided to maintain the army’s existing strength, as opposed to reducing it. At the same time, he called for reassigning part of the army to serve as border troops. Akaev asked the Defense Ministry to work out in short order a national security concept and a military reform program. (Russian agencies, July 28)–VS

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