Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm today following reports of renewed clashes and several deaths in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, the latest unrest to hit the Central Asian nation after the violent uprising in April that ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
At least 23 people have reportedly been killed and more than 300 wounded in clashes in Osh, where a state of emergency has been declared. The southern region also witnessed violence last month between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks living in the area.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called for calm to be restored and urged all involved to show the utmost restraint to prevent further losses of life.
“The Secretary-General reiterates the need to respect the rule of law and to resolve issues peacefully through dialogue.
“He urges the Interim Government to pay particular attention to inter-ethnic relations in the country and to take measures to ensure the peaceful coexistence of all citizens in Kyrgyzstan.”
Mr. Ban’s Special Representative, Miroslav Jenča, was in Osh last Sunday and will continue his efforts to ensure the peace and stability of Kyrgyzstan, the statement added.