UN chief calls for calm, restraint in Kyrgyzstan

08:42, May 21, 2010      

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UN Secretary-genreal Ban Ki- moon on Thursday called for "calm and restraint" in Kyrgyzstan and stressed "the need to respect the rule of law and to resolve issues peacefully through dialogue" after ethnic clashes erupted in Jalalabad, a city in the southern part of the country.

A statement, issued by Ban's spokesman here on Thursday, said: "The secretary-general urges calm and restraint. He underlines the need to respect the rule of law and to resolve issues peacefully through dialogue."

"The secretary-general is following with concern events in Jalalabad, Kyrgyzstan, where at least two persons were reportedly killed in ethnic clashes yesterday and the Governor of Jalalabad attacked today," the statement said.

"The secretary-general's special representative for Central Asia, Miroslav Jenca, has regularly visited Kyrgyzstan and is keeping the secretary-general informed of developments," the statement said.

"The secretary-general welcomes the decision by the Kazakh authorities to lift the restrictions on their border with Kyrgyzstan," the statement added.

The interim government of Kyrgyzstan has declared a state of emergency in the southern city of Jalalabad after two people died in clashes, reports said on Wednesday.

Shots were fired as police tried to stop ethnic Kyrgyz protesters from storming an Uzbek university. The clashes followed violence last week between supporters of the interim authorities and backers of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.



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