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Kyrgyzstan Denies Uzbek Accusations


http://gdb.rferl.org/088C068A-FAC0-43EF-B82A-DCD0192123D3_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/088C068A-FAC0-43EF-B82A-DCD0192123D3_mw800_mh600.jpg 15 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Senior Kyrgyz officials today denied Uzbekistan's accusations that militants were trained in Kyrgyzstan to overthrow the Uzbek government.

Kyrgyz Security Council Deputy Secretary Valerii Khan said Uzbek accusations are completely groundless.

"All these accusations are absolutely groundless. As I have already said, we do not have any information today that militants were trained on Kyrgyz territory. We have neither official nor operational information that they were trained on Kyrgyz territory. The accusations that the leadership of our country connived at that are all the more groundless," Khan said.

Uzbek Deputy Prosecutor-General Anvar Nabiev said today that "terrorists" who had taken part in the Andijon violence in mid-May had been trained in Kyrgyzstan.

Uzbekistan says 187 people, including 94 that it describes as terrorists, were killed in the 12-13 May violence in Andijon.

(Reuters/AFP)

For RFE/RL's complete coverage of the mid-May events in Andijon, see: "Unrest in Uzbekistan"
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