SCO lends support to Kyrgyzstan's new caretaker government

21:44, July 21, 2010      

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Wednesday said it welcomed Kyrgyzstan government's efforts to stabilize the country.

The organization's secretariat issued a statement Wednesday after a constitutional referendum in Kyrgyzstan last month, and a new caretaker government was formed on July 14.

According to the statement, the secretariat was pleased that a large proportion of Kyrgyzstan's people had voted in the referendum, and the majority of which had expressed support for a new draft constitution.

In the referendum held on June 27, 90.5 percent of the voters approved a new constitution, which aims to change Kyrgyzstan's existing presidential system into a parliamentary system by granting substantial powers to the parliament and restricting the powers of the president.

The SCO welcomed the government's efforts to rebuild the southern areas of Kyrgyzstan, accommodate refugees, normalize people's political life, and preserve social order, the statement said.

The organization supported a fair and objective investigation into disorder that had erupted in Kyrgyzstan's southern regions, it said.

Violent clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek groups broke out in the town of Osh on June 11 and spread to the neighboring Jalal-Abad region. At least 187 people died and more than 1, 900 were injured in clashes.

The SCO member states will develop neighborly friendship with Kyrgyzstan, and make efforts to safeguard the common and inseparable interests which are shared by all ethnic groups living in Kyrgyzstan's southern regions.

The SCO member states are ready to provide necessary assistance to Kyrgyzstan, said the statement.

Kyrgyzstan's interim leader Roza Otunbayeva last Wednesday announced that a caretaker government would run the country in the three months before an elected government takes over in October.

Source: Xinhua


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