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US envoy urges Kyrgyz reconciliation

06-20-2010 09:16 BJT Special Report: Unrest in Kyrgyzstan |

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US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake says the violence in Kyrgyzstan will not affect the operations and future of NATO's Manas Air Base.

The United States uses the Manas base outside the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek to supply NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Blake met with the Kyrgyz Interim President earlier on Saturday, and said it's important for authorities to restore control and security.

Robert Blake, US Assistant Secretary of State, said, "They're making every effort to establish their legitimacy. That's the principal purpose of the referendum, is to first make a judgment about this draft constitution, but also to approve the interim presidency of Ms. Otunbayeva, and I believe they're making good faith efforts to assert control and to do everything they can with respect to reconciliation and so forth. But, again, I think they face enormous challenges that should not be underestimated."

Blake also said the US is working with the Kyrgyz government to make sure the refugees would be able to return home safely. The United States has released 32.2 million US dollars in aid, and Russia and France also sent planeloads of relief gear for Kyrgyzstan.


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