JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan's ousted president says he is willing to resign if his security is guaranteed.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who fled the capital amid bloody protests last week, made the statement hours after holding a rally with about 5,000 supporters that seemed aimed at gauging his ability to resist the self-declared provisional government.
In his home village of Teyit, he said at a news conference that "I will go into retirement if security is guaranteed for me and my relatives."
There was no immediate response from the interim authorities in Bishkek, who earlier Tuesday said Bakiyev would be arrested if he did not return to the capital.
Bakiyev fled the capital to his native south last Wednesday after a protest rally in the capital erupted into shooting and chaos; at least 83 people were killed. Protesters stormed government building and opposition leaders declared themselves in control.
The opposition initially had guaranteed Bakiyev safe passage out of the country if he stepped down.
On Tuesday he said "I am willing to negotiate," but it was not clear what possibilities he would be willing to discuss.
Beknazarov said Tuesday that his government has ordered Bakiyev stripped of the usual presidential immunity. He also said the country's constitutional court has been suspended because of unspecified violations and that the chairman of the Supreme Court had been dismissed.
The U.S. base, at the capital's international airport, is a key piece in the NATO military campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The base provides refueling flights for warplanes over Afghanistan and is a transit point for troops.