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Russian-Led Security Group Says No Peacekeepers For Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz soldiers patrol in Jalal-Abad on June 17.
Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) says it will not deploy peacekeepers to Kyrgyzstan but may send security "specialists."

CSTO Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha provided no further details about what he called security "specialists" but suggested they could be used to track down those behind the five days of clashes between majority Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks that has killed a confirmed 191 people and injured many hundreds of others.

Kyrgyzstan's interim leader, Roza Otunbaeva, appealed last week to Russia for military assistance to bring the ethnic fighting in the south of the country under control.

The CSTO's members are Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

compiled from agency reports