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Official: Kyrgyzstan Still In Talks Over OSCE Police

Some protests against the OSCE mission have been based on fears of internationally enforced separatism.
BISHKEK -- A government spokesman says Kyrgyzstan is still in talks about the deployment of an international police mission agreed in the wake of deadly ethnic clashes earlier this year.

Kyrgyzstan and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) agreed on the deployment of a 52-member unarmed "police advisory group" following the June clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks that left hundreds dead and made thousands homeless.

But presidential spokesman Avlanbek Jumabaev told RFE/RL that a memorandum on the deployment would be signed "only when the nation's interests are fully taken into account."

"The memorandum should have been signed by the end of August. However, consultative talks have not finished yet," Jumabaev said.

"Most importantly, Kyrgyzstan has not been satisfied with the draft [memorandum] prepared by the OSCE's secretariat," he added.

There have been several protests in recent weeks over the deployment of the OSCE mission.

RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service