No unilateral steps by US for Kyrgyz situation: Official

Interim govt in Kyrgyzstan seeks external assistance in quelling violence.

Washington: As the interim government in Kyrgyzstan sought external assistance in quelling the ethnic violence in various parts of the country, the United States said it won’t take "any unilateral steps" in response to the situation.

A large number of foreign nationals including Indians, mostly students, are trapped in the violence that has erupted in the country last week.

"I don`t think we are looking at any unilateral steps by the United States at this point," the State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke over phone with the Kazakh foreign minister on situation in the Kyrgyz Republic, he said.

"I think we will listen to what the Kyrgyz Government might ask, but I think right now we are focused on how we can respond effectively within the region internationally," he said.

"We are maintaining very close touch with the Provisional Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the UN, the OSCE, and the Russian Federation as we seek a coordinated international response to the ongoing violence there," he added.

Crowley said he is not aware if Kyrgyz Government has sought military or non-humanitarian assistance from the US.

"I can`t say whether the Kyrgyz Government have asked us for direct intervention," he said, adding, the US is also in touch with Russia in this regard.

Manas Transit Centre, which is critical for US supplies to Afghanistan, continues its operations, he said.

"My understanding is that the violence is some distance from the base and has not interfered with operations there," he said.


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