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Kazakh Government Delegation Visits Damaged Kyrgyz City

An ethnic Uzbek man in the yard of his house, burned out during the ethnic clashes in Osh in June.
OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- A government delegation from neighboring Kazakhstan has visited the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh on to see firsthand the destruction left by ethnic violence last month, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry told RFE/RL that Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev and local officials accompanied the Kazakh delegation, which was led by Deputy Prime Minister Omirzaq Shukeyev.

It said the group toured different districts and viewed buildings in Osh that were damaged or destroyed during the deadly clashes between ethnic Uzbek and Kyrgyz residents from June 10-15.

The Kazakh delegation met with Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva on July 14 to discuss Kazakhstan's offer of economic and financial assistance to help rebuild Osh.

Kyrgyz officials have estimated that some 2,500 homes, more than 100 commercial buildings, and 10 government buildings were destroyed or suffered major damage during the unrest in the Osh and Jalal-Abad regions.

They said an initial assessment estimates some $71 million worth of damage.