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SCO expresses "grave concern" over Kyrgyzstan violence

Kyrgyzstan Materials 21 June 2010 16:30
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) issued a statement Monday, expressing "grave concern" about the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, which has left at least 208 people dead.
SCO expresses "grave concern" over Kyrgyzstan violence

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) issued a statement Monday, expressing "grave concern" about the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, which has left at least 208 people dead, Xinhua reported.
  
Kyrgyzstan is a member country of the SCO, a regional organization which also groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  
The SCO called for a halt to criminal and illegal activities that were instigated for the sake of arousing confrontation among friendly ethnic groups who lived in harmony, said the statement.
  
The SCO hoped the situation in Kyrgyzstan would stabilize at an early date, law and order would be restored, and ethnic reconciliation would be achieved, said the statement.
  
The SCO believed "the wise Kyrgyz people can safeguard the country's peace and prosperity," it said.
  
The SCO stressed that the stability of situation in Kyrgyzstan was of great significance for peace and stability in Central Asia.
  
A large number of refugees were in Uzbekistan, and it was imperative to provide humanitarian assistance to all displaced people as soon as possible, the statement said.

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