EU ready to provide humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan: Ashton

21:34, April 08, 2010      

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European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday the bloc stands ready to provide urgent humanitarian assistance for Kyrgyzstan if necessary.

"It is essential to set out how Kyrgyzstan will return rapidly to the democratic and constitutional order and the rule of law," Ashton, high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said in a statement on the situation in Kyrgyzstan.

The EU welcomed early signs of stabilization in Kyrgyzstan and urged an end to the confrontation, the statement said.

"I call on all sides to show continued restraint," Ashton said, adding that a rapid return to public order was essential to avoid further loss of life.

"Kyrgyzstan is now entering a new phase. All sides should be ready to engage in constructive internal dialogue in favour of a united and stable Kyrgyzstan," said the high representative, who also offered condolences to the families and friends of the many victims.

"We are in close touch with our main international partners in view of a shared approach to the new situation,”the statement said.

Source: Xinhua


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