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Red Cross and Foreign Ministry express Kyrgyzstan fears. Aid organisations, the Organisation for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) have expressed concerns over the worsening situation in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Tens of thousands of the country’s inhabitants have been displaced. Knut Vollebæk, who was Foreign Minister during Kjell Magne Bondevik’s governmental period and current OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, urges OSCE States to give international support to help stabilise the situation. “There can be no doubt that Kyrgyzstan still requires international assistance in order to stabilize the situation. In addition to re-establishing law and order, which is a prerequisite for any long-term stability, there is a continuous need for humanitarian assistance. This also goes for the many people who have taken refuge in neighbouring Uzbekistan,” Vollebæk says.

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Red Cross and Foreign Ministry express Kyrgyzstan fears

Published on Sunday, 20th June, 2010 at 13:53 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 21st June 2010 at 20:41.

Aid organisations, the Organisation for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) have expressed concerns over the worsening situation in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Tens of thousands of the country’s inhabitants have been displaced.

Knut Vollebæk
Knut Vollebæk
Photo: OSCE/Susanna Lööf


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Knut Vollebæk, who was Foreign Minister during Kjell Magne Bondevik’s governmental period and current OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, urges OSCE States to give international support to help stabilise the situation.

“There can be no doubt that Kyrgyzstan still requires international assistance in order to stabilize the situation. In addition to re-establishing law and order, which is a prerequisite for any long-term stability, there is a continuous need for humanitarian assistance. This also goes for the many people who have taken refuge in neighbouring Uzbekistan,” Vollebæk says.

He also calls for investigations to be carried out by an independent international commission into what has happened in the south of Kyrgyzstan, so trust between the country’s inhabitants can be re-established, as well as move forward.

During his visit to Kyrgyzstan in April and June, in his assessment of the situation of the country Vollebæk called on the Kyrgyz provisional government to establish an institution responsible for communication with minority groups.

The International Red Cross (ICRC) says it's started distributing food and water.

“We are very concerned about the violence that is now unfolding in this area. It is brutal. Security teams in the area must do everything they can to protect the injured, and ensure that hospitals, ambulances, and medical personnel are not attacked,” says Børge Brende, Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross.

Deteriorating

Børge Brende (Illustration photo)
Børge Brende (Illustration photo)
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The Norwegian Red Cross says the situation is getting worse in the surrounding areas of Osh and Jalal-Abad. It urges Kyrgyz authorities to exercise prudence when using weapons in their efforts to regain control over the situation.

According to the organisation, Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Health estimates 90 people have already been killed in the violent clashes between opposing ethnic groups, but Brende fears the figures are low.

“We’re getting reports there are bodies in the streets that have not been retrieved yet, and hospital staff are concerned about the lack of food and fuel,” he says.

A press spokesperson at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tells The Foreigner no decision for further involvement has yet been made.

“But we are constantly monitoring and evaluating how to respond to these types of situations,” she says.




Published on Sunday, 20th June, 2010 at 13:53 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 21st June 2010 at 20:41.

This post has the following tags: knut, vollebaek, osce, kyrgyzstan, uzbekistan, boerge, brende, red, cross, ministry, foreign, affairs, ud, kjell, magne, bondevik.





  
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