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Medvedev rules out military intervention in Kyrgyzstan

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday ruled out military intervention in Kyrgyzstan by Moscow-led Collective Security Pact Organisation, saying the situation in the Central Asian republic does not require such a response.



Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
on Friday ruled out military intervention in Kyrgyzstan by Moscow-
led Collective Security Pact Organisation (CSTO), saying the
situation in the Central Asian republic does not require such
a response.
"The criteria for the use of CSTO joint force are the
violation of the external borders by a foreign aggressor or
non-state actors...So far this is not the case. All the
problems faced by Kyrgyzstan, a member of the security bloc,
today are rooted inside the country," Medvedev was quoted as
saying by the Interfax.

Medvedev, who is in Tashkent to attend the summit of
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), however said the
regional grouping is sending a monitoring mission to
Kyrgyzstan.

Meanwhile, situation in Kyrgyzstan`s southern region of
Osh continued to be tense as the interim government declared a
state of emergency following inter-ethnic violence between
Uzbek minority and Kyrgyzs.

The police and military are in control of only the city
centre as sporadic shooting in suburbs is underway, the
ITAR-TASS reported.
Interim President Otunbayeva, who came to power after
deposing President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in the wake of April 7
mass rioting in capital Bishkek, has accused the supporters of
the ousted president of attempting to foil the constitutional
referendum on June 27, which will declare a transition to the
parliamentary democracy in the clans-divided Central Asian
republic of the ex-USSR.

PTI

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