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Kyrgyz Leader Warns Of Risk Of Further Violence


Roza Otunbaeva (file photo)

Roza Otunbaeva (file photo)

Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva has warned that the risk of further unrest in the Central Asian country remains.

Otunbaeva told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that "at the moment the situation is relatively calm but there may be other outbursts" of violence.

Medvedev said Otunbaeva could count of Moscow's support.

At least 294 people were killed last month in clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan, the worst ethnic violence in the region since the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

Otunbaeva and Medvedev met on the sidelines of a regional economic summit in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

compiled from agency reports
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