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OSCE Police Head Says 'Kyrgyzstan Is Not Kosovo'

The head of the OSCE police advisory mission in Kyrgyzstan, Markus Mueller The head of the OSCE police advisory mission in Kyrgyzstan, Markus Mueller
The head of the OSCE police advisory mission in Kyrgyzstan, Markus Mueller
The head of the OSCE police advisory mission in Kyrgyzstan, Markus Mueller
BISHKEK -- The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) police advisory mission in southern Kyrgyzstan says it is inappropriate to compare the mission in Kyrgyzstan with the one in Kosovo, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Markus Mueller told RFE/RL on June 28 that a few of the 22 OSCE unarmed police advisers deployed to southern Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of the Kyrgyz authorities previously worked in Kosovo.

But he said some political forces and groups deliberately play up that linkage with Kosovo in an attempt to politicize the entire OSCE mission.

Mueller said he is pleased with the interest shown by the Kyrgyz parliament in the police advisers' work. He said the advisers were welcomed by the local police and the public.

Mueller said the OSCE mission has opened several community centers which cooperate with youth and women's organizations as well as with local police on strengthening public safety and regional police capabilities.

He said he believes the advisers' work will have a positive effect on the ongoing reform of Kyrgyz police forces.

Mueller said the mission is due to expire on December 31, after which the OSCE and the Kyrgyz leadership will jointly analyze the results and decide whether or not it should be extended.

He said the project is funded by the EU and OSCE member states, the major donors being the United States, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Germany, France, Liechtenstein, and Andorra. He said Kyrgyzstan is not financially involved in the project.

Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE agreed on the unarmed "police advisory group" -- a scaled-down version of their initial proposals -- following the June 2010 clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the southern regions of Osh and Jalalabad, which left more than 400 dead and thousands homeless.

That agreement triggered initial protests from some parliamentarians, politicians, and members of the public, many of whom said the OSCE mission was designed to help establish an autonomous entity in Kyrgyzstan similar to what they say happened with Kosovo in Serbia.

Mueller, who is Swiss, headed the OSCE Center in Bishkek from 2003-2008.
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by: Ruslan from: Belgium
June 30, 2011 05:19
Kyrgyzs indeed made even worse with Uzbeks than its was in Kosovo and OSCE apologizing for its mission saying that we are unarmed and will help for peace. Thats ridiculous. None Kyrgyz regret and even satisfied with thousands of cleansed Uzbeks. How long world community going to ignore attacks of Kyrgyz nationalists? They dare to declare EU expert Kimmo Kuljenen persona non grata. Soon they declare OSCE such too and can burn international policeman's as Uzbeks in Osh square on June 2010. And you will apologize again for making problems to this small nationalistic state.

by: Tom from: US
June 30, 2011 05:35
South Kyrgyzstan is exactly the Kosovo. Same historical living lands of native Uzbeks withdrawn by USSR in favor of Kyrgyzstan. And that where all this cleansing is coming from.