Kyrgyzstan leader agrees to OSCE probe into unrest
Kyrgyzstan's interim President Rosa Otunbayeva agreed Friday to accept a mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to investigate last month's bloody inter-ethnic unrest, which cost around 2,000 lives, DPA reported.
The OSCE visit will probe the causes of the civil violence and give police training, although its final mandate is still to be clarified - probably at a meeting of the OSCE due in neighbouring Kazakhstan on Saturday.
Otunbayeva's statement came in the wake of calls by both the German and French foreign ministers, on a visit to the troubled central Asian republic, to accept an international investigation.
"We will do everything here to a to reach reconciliation between the two peoples," the interim president said, referring to the rivalry between ethnic Uzbek and Kyrgyz citizens in the landlocked former Soviet state.
"We will only achieve stability when the causes are explained," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said earlier on a visit to the southern city of Osh, where much of the June clashes took place.
Both foreign ministers promised Otunbayeva their support.