Russian president calls for quick end to violence in Kyrgyzstan

12:37, June 14, 2010      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the situation in Kyrgyzstan Sunday in a telephone conversation with head of the Kyrgyz interim government Roza Otunbayeva, calling for stopping the ethnic violence as soon as possible, Medvedev's spokeswoman Natalia Timakova announced.

"Otunbayeva informed Medvedev about the situation in the country. The Russian president stressed that order must be restored as soon as possible and that the ethnic conflict causing the loss of lives must be stopped and the related humanitarian problems resolved," Timakova said, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

Medvedev told Otunbayeva that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the Kyrgyz situation. Representatives of Kyrgyzstan will be attending the meeting.

"The main issues that will be tackled are the restoration of civil peace in Kyrgyzstan and the possibility of using the procedures and mechanisms implied by the CSTO charter," Timakova said.

Medvedev also told Otunbayeva that an additional Russian Defense Ministry contingent was sent to guarantee the security of Russian servicemen and facilities in the Kant air base in Kyrgyzstan.

The ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan have claimed the lives of at least 97 people and injured over 1,200 people, RIA Novosti news agency reported Sunday, citing a local health ministry spokesman.



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