Statement by UN, OSCE and EU Special Envoys on the situation in Kyrgyzstan

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22 Nov 2010

Statement by UN, OSCE and EU Special Envoys on the situation in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic

On the occasion of their joint visit to Kyrgyzstan, Miroslav Jenca, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia; Zhanybek Karibzhanov, the Special Envoy of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office; and Pierre Morel, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, made the following statement:

The Special Envoys reaffirm their support to the endeavours to normalise the situation in the country, ensure security and opportunities for the people of Kyrgyzstan, provide assistance to the victims of recent violence, protect human rights including property rights, develop inter-ethnic dialogue, and engage in a process of national reconciliation. Strengthening the rule of law, including during the trials related to the events that took in April and June, is a precondition for further democratization of the society and respect for human rights. As a concrete step to help the authorities in these efforts, the three envoys welcome last week's decision by the OSCE Permanent Council to provide support to Kyrgyzstan via the Community Security Initiative.

Noting the importance of the parliamentary elections on 10 October, the Special Envoys met the leaders of the political parties who entered parliament and, underlying the significance of a constructive political dialogue, urged them to swiftly form a coalition government. It is now crucial to strengthen democratic institutions and legitimacy of the authorities.

The Special Envoys stress the importance of pursuing the work on urgent social and economic problems faced by the country, especially as winter nears. Social and economic recovery is a cornerstone of the country's sustainable development, which requires rapid and efficient actions by the government.

The Special Envoys welcome the start of the activities of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry, which was created at the request of the government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Taking into account the opportunity of the 2010 OSCE Summit, which will take place in the neighbouring country of Kazakhstan on 1-2 December 2010, the Special Envoys confirm that the international community stands ready to continue supporting Kyrgyzstan's government in its work to carry on with the reconstruction of the affected areas, strengthen law enforcement and create the conditions of a stable future for the country and its people.