A parliamentary delegation from the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan is in Moscow to negotiate with ousted President Askar Akayev about his resignation.

The delegation, led by parliamentary speaker Omurbek Tekebayev arrived in the Russian capital today (Sunday) with plans to return to Kyrgyzstan this evening.

Mr. Tekebayev says the president has agreed to step down, and the delegation was looking for Mr. Akayev to sign resignation papers today. He fled Bishkek March 24th amid a popular uprising against his government.

The Kyrgyz constitution requires the president to resign in front of parliament. However, due to concerns for Mr. Akayev's safety if he returned home, the Kyrgyz constitutional court said Mr. Akayev could resign while in exile.

Kyrgyzstan's interim government has tentatively scheduled a new presidential election for late June.