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Uzbek Minister Calls for Kyrgyz Violence Probe In Speech At UN

Uzbek Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiev
In an address to the UN General Assembly, Elyor Ganiev, Uzbekistan's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, says ethnic tensions between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz will not be resolved until there is a full investigation into last year's deadly clashes between the two sides, and the perpetrators of the bloodshed are punished.

Ganiev is quoted in a statement issued by the UN as telling the General Assembly on September 26 that the clashes of June 2010 have become "a serious challenge to peace and stability in the Central Asian region."

Ganiev said no political or legal steps have been taken yet toward those who "ordered, organized, and perpetrated" last year's violence.

More than 400 people were reported killed in fighting between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in the Osh and Jalal-Abad regions of Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, while an estimated 375,000 others were displaced from their homes.

Most of the victims were ethnic Uzbeks.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a meeting with Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva last week, encouraged Kyrgyzstan to implement the recommendations contained in a report from a commission that was set up to investigate the bloodshed.

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