Kyrgyz, Uzbek ethnic leaders set for reconciliation talks
Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic leaders in Kyrgyzstan agreed on Sunday to begin reconciliation talks following days of ethnic violence that claimed the lives of about 100 people, the president of Kyrgyz public fund Otkrytaya Pozitsiya said, RIA Novosti reported.
"Reports from the city of Osh said that informal Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic leaders in Osh's south-east agreed to begin talks... aimed at reestablishing peace [in the area]," Dmitry Kabak said.
Deadly ethnic riots swept through the country's second-largest city of Osh and another southern city of Jalalabad on Friday and Saturday. More than 1,000 people were injured in clashes.
Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbek groups set ablaze cars, crushed the stores and markets as well as the residential houses. The looters have been rampaging through the streets during the days of rioting.
More than 75,000 refugees have fled to Uzbekistan from Kyrgyzstan following the unrest.