OSCE concerned about Kyrgyz unrest, ready to offer assistance

11:09, June 16, 2010      

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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Tuesday expressed deep concerns over the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan.

The 56-member bloc said in a statement issued after a special session of its permanent council that OSCE stands ready to help bring an end to the deadly ethnic violence.

The riots, broke out on Thursday last week, have so far claimed the lives of over 170 people and injured 1,700 others.

The OSCE members called for a rapid restoration of peace and public order in southern Kyrgyzstan and urged "all communities in Kyrgyzstan to refrain from violence and exercise restraint."

They added OSCE was ready to work in close coordination and cooperation with the UN and other relevant international institutions to "assist Kyrgyzstan upon its request in resolving the current crisis, preventing the spillover of tensions in the region, and in promoting post-conflict rehabilitation."

Meanwhile, OSCE also appealed for the international community to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the victims of violence and disorder in Kyrgyzstan.

Kairat Abdrakhmanov from Kyrgyzstan, who chaired Tuesday council session, warmly welcomed the consensus reached by all the 56 member states.

The Kyrgyz ambassador believed that OSCE will be able to help Kyrgyzstan to resolve the crisis.

"The adoption of this statement is particularly important in the context of the strong appeal to the OSCE for assistance made yesterday (Monday) by the Delegation of Kyrgyzstan at the Permanent Council meeting," he said.

The Kyrgyz ambassador hoped that OSCE "will also be fast in making decisions on concrete actions and on allocating the necessary resources for their implementation."

Source: Xinhua


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