Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kyrgyzstan returns to the ethnic war between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks

The president of Kyrgyzstan, Roza Otunbayeba said Friday that unspecified forces may be seeking a pretext for renewed ethnic clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks after the serious incidents that claimed the lives of more than 400 people in four days of clashes that began exactly a year ago.

"Today there are forces that are willing to make political capital at the expense of sorrow, blood and tears shed by the innocent, to use this national tragedy as a means in their power struggle," said the president, reports Reuters. "They are still active those looking for a pretext and the right time to relight the fuse of new and bloody protests, and thus divide the country," he said at the monument commemorating the victims found in the city of Osh, an epicenter of the fighting.

"We hope that we do not have what took place here," said one attendee at the ceremony, the 71-year Uzbek Uzbek Abdurakhmat. "Last time, the international community did not react, but we hope that if something similar happens again, we pay attention and send troops," he said. For its part, the young Elaman Myrzabek Uulu, 17 years old, Kyrgyz security and member of the citizen patrols that help to bring order to the city, expressed concern about the lack of Uzbeks in these civil security bodies.

"Our relations should improve. No more we have become friends after what happened last year. The Uzbeks will not open to the outside, do not trust us," he lamented.

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