"We have taken up the issue with the Kyrgyz authorities and we've received full assurances that the 12 people that [the Uzbek authorities] are asking for will be able to proceed to Bishkek just as planned," she said. "The presence of the Uzbeks will not affect this decision. So, we've received full assurances."
Kyrgyzstan detained the 29 Uzbeks at Uzbekistan's request for suspected criminal activities. The 29 entered Kyrgyzstan in May as part of a wave of hundreds of Uzbek refugees fleeing Uzbekistan following an uprising and a military crackdown in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon.
The UNHCR today said that Uzbek refugees facing deportation from Kyrgyzstan will be flown to a third country by the UN refugee agency.
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