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Kazakhstan To Provide Aid To Kyrgyzstan

The violence has killed at least 79 people
The violence has killed at least 79 people
ASTANA -- Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov has said his country will provide the victims of the violent clashes between antigovernment protesters and Kyrgyz security forces with humanitarian aid, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Masimov said he hopes the situation in neighboring Kyrgyzstan would normalize in a peaceful way in the near future.

Zhanybek Karibzhanov, the deputy speaker of the Kazakh Senate, is currently in Bishkek representing Kazakhstan as chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Some 79 people were killed and an estimated 1,000 injured on April 6-7 in violent clashes between protesters and Kyrgyz police and security forces in Bishkek and other Kyrgyz towns and cities.