International commission to probe Kyrgyzstan ethnic violence

Last Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 23:07

Moscow: A transatlantic international
commission will conduct a probe into the ethnic violence
against Uzbek minorities in south Kyrgyzstan that killed 2,000
people and left at least 4,000 displaced.

The probe, which will begin this August, will be
conducted by the representatives of Organisation for Security
and Cooperation in Europe, UN , European Union and
Commonwealth of Independent States, OSCE said on Thursday.

"We have already started work on forming a commission so
that the international investigation can begin in August,"
Kimmo Kiljunen, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly`s Special
Representative for Central Asia, was quoted as saying RIA
Novosti.

Kiljunen said Kyrgyz President Rosa Otunbayeva has
agreed on the format of the commission.

"We will draw up a number of recommendations outlining
what should be done to avoid a re-occurrence of such events,"
Kiljunen, a Finnish lawmaker, said.

In mid-June, inter-ethnic clashes between Uzbeks and
Kyrgyzs broke out in south the nation, which officially
resulted in 300 deaths, but even Otunbayeva conceded that as
many as 2,000 people could have been killed.

Over 100,000 refugees took shelter in neighbouring
Uzbekistan and over 3 lakh were said to be internally
displaced.

Kiljunen hoped that funding for the would come from the
governments of many countries and a separate fund will be
be set up for witness protection.

The OSCE also agreed to deploy a Police Advisory
Group in Kyrgyzstan to help reduce inter-ethnic tensions and
strengthen local police forces, a statement published on the
agency`s website said.

Meanwhile, the authorities yesterday arrested Ahmet
Bakiyev, brother President Kurmanbek Bakiyev who was ousted by
a public revolt in April, in the southern city of Jalalabad.

Ahmet Bakiyev has been charged with violence against the
anti-government protesters in Bishkek on April 7, which led to
the ouster of his elder brother, who since then has taken
refuge in Belarus, Rossiya 24 TV reported. He is also
suspected of inciting ethnic clashes in Osh and Jalalabad.

The interim government, which took over after Bakiyev,
was unable to stop the violence and has accused the former
President`s family of instigating it.

Uzbeks have backed the interim government, while many
Kyrgyz in the south have supported the ousted nation head.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 23:07

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