Special Representative of the Secretary- General Miroslav Jenča visits Kyrgyzstan

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14 Sep 2012

Special Representative of the Secretary- General Miroslav Jenča visits Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic  –

Miroslav Jenča, Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, visited Kyrgyzstan on 13-14 September.

He met with President Almazbek Atambaev, Toraga (Speaker) of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament), Asilbek Jeenbekov, Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Abdyldaev. In Osh, he met with the Governor Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Mayor Melis Myrzakmatov, and the representatives of the ethnic Uzbek community.

SRSG Jenča highly appreciated orderly formation of the new ruling coalition and government in line with the law. He underlined that these developments became a visible indication of the democratic vector of the country. The SRSG welcomed the recent appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and called for the expeditious completion of reforms of the judiciary and law enforcement.

SRSG Jenča underlined the urgent need to quickly adopt and implement the national concept for ethnic development as an efficient way to improve interethnic relations in Kyrgyzstan. It was agreed to continue cooperation within the UN Peace Building Fund in order to consolidate the progress achieved in maintaining peace and stability in the country.

During the meetings the SRSG discussed some aspects of the socio-economic development of Kyrgyzstan, necessity to take decisive measures to tackle corruption, and possible support by the international community. A special attention was paid to the current issues of management of water and energy resources in Central Asia, cooperation to counter transboundary threats, as well as participation of Central Asian countries in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

In Osh and Aravan, SRSG Jenča participated in Open Day for Women and Peace facilitated by UN Women and met with women activists and civil society organizations, as well as members of the interagency working group on development of National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.