OSCE Special Envoy meets international counterparts in Kyrgyzstan, says joint effort key to political crisis resolution
April 12. OSCE. BISHKEK
Co-ordination of activities between international partners and national authorities is crucial for ensuring public safety and successfully addressing current political challenges in Kyrgyzstan, said the Special Envoy of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Zhanybek Karibzhanov today following meetings in Bishkek.
“We have met with a wide spectrum of society, including provisional administration leaders, members of the former parliament and civil society representatives. These talks have helped us get a comprehensive picture of the situation and the current political landscape in the country,” said Karibzhanov. “Together we have identified spheres where the OSCE could make an effective contribution.”
The primary areas of focus are ensuring public safety, reviving business activities and assisting the new administration in strengthening the existing legal system, said Karibzhanov: “Acting under a clear legal framework would raise public confidence and contribute to easing tensions in all parts of the country.”
He praised the close co-ordination between the international representatives involved in the process – the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy Jan Kubis, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Pierre Morel, the Special Envoy of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Adil Akhmetov and the representative of the CSTO Valeriy Semerikov with whom he met yesterday and today.
“We are united in our support for efforts to restore stability in Kyrgyzstan, to ensure its peaceful development, and to improve the socio-economic situation in the country as well as the lives of the people. This way we will be able to achieve more than any of us would achieve working alone,” Karibzhanov said.
Zhanybek Karibzhanov was appointed Special Envoy by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on 8 April. He is Deputy Speaker of the Majilis (lower house of Parliament) of Kazakhstan, which holds the 2010 OSCE Chairmanship.
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OSCE Special Envoy meets Kyrgyz provisional leader, Head of Security Service, Interior Minister, says public confidence, dialogue vital for stability
April 10. OSCE. BISHKEK
Building confidence among the people of Kyrgyzstan in the new political environment is crucial for restoring stability in the country, said the Special Envoy of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Zhanybek Karibzhanov in meetings with Roza Otunbayeva, the leader of the interim administration on Friday evening, and with the acting Head of the National Security Service and the acting Interior Minister this morning.
During the meeting with Otunbayeva, he discussed ways of working together to overcome the consequences of the crisis.
“Safeguarding human lives and rebuilding trust among the people are vital for restoring law and order. The OSCE stands ready to support this process. At the request of the interim administration, we are already providing through the OSCE Centre in Bishkek concrete assistance to meet the urgent needs of citizen patrols in Kyrgyzstan, which help to keep public order and ensure the inviolability of property.”
The Special Envoy spoke with Otunbayeva about the co-ordination of activities on the ground with all key domestic and international players: “We will only be able to decide on further steps that we could undertake once we get a comprehensive picture of the situation in the country. We are planning to discuss it with all parties involved, as well as with the UN Special Envoy and the EU Special Representative for Central Asia arriving in Kyrgyzstan shortly.”
He supported the need for dialogue between the parties. “Every conflict situation has two sides, and unless these sides make steps towards each other, no third party can successfully resolve it,” said Karibzhanov, speaking to the media after the meeting with Otunbayeva.
In meetings with the acting Head of the National Security Service Keneshbek Duishebayev and with the acting Interior Minister Bolot Sherniyazov, the Special Envoy discussed the measures taken so far. “We welcome the steps made to restore public order and reassure people, and hope for the further normalization of the situation throughout the country,” he said.
Offering condolences to the bereaved over their losses, he said: “We stand with the people of Kyrgyzstan on this day of nationwide mourning. During these events, we have seen the violation of the greatest inalienable human right – the right to life, and this is what makes it a real tragedy. We have to work together to prevent this tragedy from happening again.”