"The UNHCR [UN High Commissioner for Refugees] asked [us] and we transferred the refugees to them," Beknazarov said. "They themselves [the UNHCR] will deal with the Uzbek authorities in future."
Reuters today quoted an unidentified UN official as saying the refugees were then flown to London and will later be sent to Belgium, Finland, and the Netherlands.
Hundreds of Uzbeks fled to Kyrgyzstan after the Uzbek military cracked down on an uprising in the eastern Uzbek town of Andijon. Human rights activists have claimed that more than 700 people were killed. Uzbek authorities say the number of dead was under 200.
In July, Kyrgyz authorities ignored an Uzbek request to send the refugees back and allowed the United Nations to evacuate more than 400 refugees to Romania. Several others remain in detention at Uzbekistan's request.
[For more on the plight of the Uzbek refugees and the violence in Andijon, click here.]