UN chief pledges continued support for Kyrgyz recovery

17:30, September 24, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday assured President of Kyrgyzstan Rosa Otunbaeva of the continued support of the United Nations for rehabilitation, recovery and reconciliation in the Central Asian nation in the wake of the crisis that erupted earlier this year.

The assurance came as Ban and Otunbaeva were meeting on the sidelines of the general debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened here on Thursday morning.

During the meeting, Ban and Otunbaeva discussed the political situation in the country and the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Kyrgyzstan witnessed a violent uprising in April that ousted former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. That was followed by deadly clashes in the southern part of the country in June between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks which uprooted nearly 400,000 people and sent many fleeing to neighboring Uzbekistan.

The two leaders agreed on the importance of an inclusive and transparent vote for the stabilization and long-term development of the country, according to Ban's spokesperson.

They also discussed the status of an international commission of inquiry into the June violence, the spokesperson said.

Source: Xinhua


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