U.S. to provide 48 million dollars for humanitarian demand in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

08:34, June 24, 2010      

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The United States intends to provide about 48.3 million dollars to programs for humanitarian relief, reconstruction, and community stabilization in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, said U.S. State Department on Wednesday.

"The United States is deeply concerned about and closely monitoring developments in the Kyrgyz Republic and the affected border regions of Uzbekistan," said a statement, referring to the ethnic clashes in the southern Kyrgyzstan that have left some 210 people dead, some 2,100 others wounded since it broke out in mid- June.

Figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs showed that an estimated 100,000 refugees had fled from Kyrgyzstan to neighboring Uzbekistan, and 300,000 others were still seeking aid within Kyrgyzstan.

"These funds will be directed to meeting immediate humanitarian needs, providing assistance to displaced and returning families, and also to addressing the roots of the conflict through community development and conflict mitigation programs in the southern regions of the Kyrgyz Republic," said the statement.

The Obama administration has voiced to offer humanitarian assistance and other support to help Kyrgyzstan's interim government restore security, stability, and reconciliation among all citizens of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan's interim government, which took power after a violent uprising in April, has planned to hold a referendum on a draft of a new constitution on June 27.

The interim government has extended the state of emergency in the southern city of Osh and other areas to June 25, and introduced new regulations, under which the referendum could be canceled if the country remains in the state of emergency.

Source: Xinhua


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