U.S. Secretary of State to meet representatives of civil society in Kyrgyzstan
Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 30 /Trend, A.Maratov/
The U.S. delegation headed by the Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton will hold meetings in Kyrgyzstan not only with the authorities, but also with representatives of the civil society, Clinton said, speaking at a meeting with students during her visit to Astana.
"We need to get first hand information, as there is tension between ethnic groups in the country, and those responsible for the disorders that took place in the country should be punished," Clinton said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Astana to attend the OSCE summit which will open on Dec. 1.
Clinton heads the U.S. delegation of 200 officials, government representatives, including Assistant Secretary of State, members of Congress and experts - specialists of state agencies.
Bloody ethnic clashes occurred between Kyrgyz and local Uzbeks in June, in the Osh and Jalal-Abad region in southern Kyrgyzstan, the disorders were accompanied by pogroms and massacres. The number of deaths exceeded 400 people, more than 2,500 were injured. According to international organizations, the violence affected nearly 800,000 people.