SCO summit vows to boost regional peace, stability, prosperity (3)

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SCO member states also called for restoring stability in turmoil-hit Kyrgyzstan through dialogue, saying they were willing to provide necessary support to the Central Asian country.

In the declaration issued at the end of the SCO summit in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, the SCO member countries reiterated their stance of supporting each other's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and opposing interference in the internal affairs of sovereign countries and actions that might trigger regional tensions.

Any difference should be settled through dialogue and consultations by political and diplomatic means, said the declaration.

The member states emphasized that restoring Kyrgyzstan's political stability was significant to the entire region.

The Interior Ministry of the Kyrgyz interim government on Friday declared a state of emergency in the southern city of Osh after hundreds of youths smashed windows, looted shops and set fire to cars in the city.

Roza Otunbayeva, leader of the interim government, declared a curfew in Osh and the surrounding region.

An official from the Health Ministry said Friday morning at least 12 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured in clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan overnight. Later reports put the death toll at 23.

In mid-May, supporters of the Kyrgyz interim government and those of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev clashed in the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad, during which tens of people were injured.

Riots broke out on April 6-7 across the country, resulting in the ouster of Bakiyev and the formation of an interim government.
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