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OSCE to send monitors to Kyrgyzstan

07-17-2010 09:06 BJT

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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will send a small police force to southern Kyrgyzstan as monitors in the aftermath of last month's violence. Meanwhile, the European Union has promised financial aid and expressed support for the country's new president.

The OSCE confirmed on Friday that it would deploy a small security force to the southern part of Kyrgyzstan in the near future.

Herbert Salber, Director of OSCE Conflict Prevention Center, said, "We fixed the number of this group, which first of all will have 52 police officers and which may grow up until 102 police officers and we also fixed the timelines, first of all this group will be sent for four months to Kyrgyzstan, but this timeline can be extended according to the wishes and depend on the result of consultations."

Kyrgyz interim President Rosa Otunbayeva says negotiations with the OSCE have reached the final stage. Her government is still studying related matters concerning the deployment of the OSCE officers.

Rosa Otunbayeva, Kyrgyz interim President, said, "The European Union supports our proposal about an international investigation. The EU, represented here by the two foreign ministers, in combination with all OSCE members, support the deployment of the police mission. It has the mandate to monitor, to consult and to train in Kyrgyzstan."

Foreign ministers of France and Germany arrived in Bishkek on Friday from Osh, where they visited the parts of the city which suffered the most from last month's violence and assessed the situation there.

Bernard Kouchner, French Foreign Minister, said, "We have brought with us a financial offer, we have brought some projects. But above all we have brought the political and personal wish to help the country of Kyrygzstan and its president. The stability of this region is essential for us."

The OSCE contains 56 members from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It is a regional organization for conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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