Global effort key to Kyrgyz stability

July 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM
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ALMATY, Kazakhstan, July 20 (UPI) -- A high-level of coordination among international agencies helped provide early recovery following June conflicts Kyrgyzstan, the United Nations said.

Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva said she welcomed an offer by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to send more than 50 unarmed officers into southern Kyrgyzstan.

The OSCE said its officers wouldn't serve as peacekeepers, however.

Ethnic clashes in June between the Uzbek and Kyrgyz communities in southern Kyrgyzstan took the lives of hundreds of people and displaced thousands more in the wake of an April coup that deposed Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said coordination between international agencies like the OSCE was to thank for helping pacify the situation in southern Kyrgyzstan.

"Our further collective efforts are essential to contributing to an environment of safety and confidence, conducive to reconciliation and rebuilding," Ban said in a message to the OSCE delegates gathered in neighboring Kazakhstan.

Scores of demonstrators took to the streets of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan to protest the pending presence of the OSCE police force, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

Local leaders described the protests as unfortunate, however, calling on area residents to focus on stability efforts under way in the country.

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