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U.S. welcomes constitutional referendum in Kyrgyzstan

06-29-2010 08:17 BJT Special Report: Unrest in Kyrgyzstan |

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Xinhua) -- The United Sates on Monday welcomed the constitutional referendum in Kyrgyzstan, calling on all parties in the country to use the opportunity to "advance process of reconciliation and accountability".

"The United States welcomes the peaceful, orderly conduct of the constitutional referendum held June 27 in Kyrgyzstan," said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, noting the positive assessment of the process by the Organization for Security and Co- operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

"The United States calls on the Provisional Government and all citizens of Kyrgyzstan to use this opportunity to advance the process of reconciliation and accountability to ensure future interethnic harmony," Crowley said.

He added the United States will provide all appropriate support and assistance to the people and government of Kyrgyzstan.

In a referendum which ended on Sunday, Kyrgyzstan adopted a new constitution giving more powers to parliament and reducing those of the president.

The Central Election Commission of the country said on Monday that with almost all votes counted, 90.7 percent of voters supported changing the constitution and about eight percent voted against it. The final results are expected in one or two days.

The referendum took place after two weeks of clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks, which reportedly killed hundreds of people and forced over 400,000 Uzbeks to flee.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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