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Kyrgyzstan: OSCE Sends Police Advisors, Astana Donates $11.6 Million

Posted on July 26, 2010 by KazCham

Kazakh Foreign Ministry

The 56 OSCE participating States agreed the deployment of police advisors to Kyrgyzstan in a decision taken by the Permanent Council in Vienna on July 23. According to the decision, the Police Advisory Group will assist Kyrgyzstan in reducing inter-ethnic tensions and strengthening the capacities of the territorial units of the Ministry of the Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic. The initial deployment of the Police Advisory Group will be for four months from the start of the operation, and the mission could be extended with the agreement of Kyrgyzstan and the Permanent Council.

The agreement with Kyrgyzstan on the Police Advisory Group envisages sending an initial 52 international police officers to monitor and advise counterparts in the Kyrgyz police force, with a focus on southern Kyrgyzstan. They will be unarmed and have no executive police powers. All 56 OSCE participating States may nominate candidates for the Police Advisory Group.

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, commended the decision.

“From the onset Kazakhstan has been advocating for the OSCE’s effective participation in the settlement of the situation in Kyrgyzstan, within the existing mandate of the Organization. In view of this, we supported from the start the request of Kyrgyzstan’s authorities to deploy a Police Advisory Group. I sincerely welcome the fact that all 56 participating States of the OSCE have demonstrated their wisdom and achieved consensus about the deployment of OSCE police advisers in Kyrgyzstan, which was formalized today by the decision of the representatives of our countries in Vienna,” Saudabayev said.

“The presence of the Police Advisory Group in the regions that were the site of violent clashes will facilitate strengthening trust, stability and order in the country. As President Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized during the informal ministerial meeting of OSCE foreign ministers in Almaty, Kazakhstan stands ready to continue supporting the brotherly people of Kyrgyzstan both as the OSCE Chairmanship and on a bilateral level.”

Following the informal meeting of OSCE Foreign Ministers near Almaty on 17 July, it was announced that the OSCE participating States had reached consensus on deployment of the OSCE Police Advisory Group to Kyrgyzstan.

The Permanent Council’s decision on Thursday formalised this agreement, and now the process of recruiting is being launched to have the most experienced and best suiting candidates deployed to Kyrgyzstan as soon as possible.

“Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship welcomes the decision of the participating States to deploy without delay a Police Advisory Group and thus enhance the OSCE’s continuing work with Kyrgyzstan to resolve the current crisis, prevent the spillover of tensions in the region and promote post conflict rehabilitation,” said the Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council, Ambassador of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov.

“The police advisors will play an important role in reassuring the people of Kyrgyzstan following the tragic events of recent months, and will further strengthen the capacities of the police and help in restoring public trust,” he added.

In a July 23 statement on its website, Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also welcomed the police mission saying its believes “the presence of the international police force in the south of the country will help prevent various destructive forces from provoking new upheavals and destabilization of the situation.” It also said it was “convinced that the deployment of the OSCE police task force will become a very useful and effective stimulus for modernizing the law enforcement apparatus in Kyrgyzstan.”

In the meantime, Kazakhstan launched a new phase of humanitarian and economic assistance to Kyrgyzstan on a bilateral basis. According to two government decrees signed by Prime Minister Karim Massimov on July 20, and as earlier announced by President Nazarbayev at the informal OSCE ministerial in Almaty on July 17, Kazakhstan starts delivering US$ 11.6 million worth aid to Kyrgyzstan. The ministries of emergency and transport have been tasked to secure timely shipping of coal for Bishkek thermal power station, construction materials for reconstructing damaged houses in Osh and Jalal-Abad, 3,000 tons of rice, 190 tons of buckwheat, and 60 tons of detergents.

In addition to that, Kazakhstan is working to help Kyrgyzstan elaborate a strategy of stabilising socio-economic situation in the country and coordinate international donors’ contribution toward the same goal. The joint intergovernmental commission led by Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeev and his Kyrgyz counterpart Amangeldi Muraliyev is already defining the best ways to use the international assistance most efficiently to raise US$ 1 billion, which was their assessment of the damage to be repaired following the recent turmoil in April, May and June 2010. Kazakhstan has already proposed to involve the Eurasian Economic Community’s special “anti-crisis” fund to help Kyrgyzstan stabilise its national budget, with operative management of the World Bank, to prepare properly for the looming cold season. The possibility of financial assistance from the Eurasian Development Bank, as well Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and its member states.

SOURCE: Kazakhstan News Bulletin No 21, released by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States of America

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