NEWS AND EVENTS
June 17, 2010
President of Uzbekistan holds telephone conversation with UN Secretary General
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov held a telephone conversation with United Nations Organization Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on 16 June.
During the talk, the leader of Uzbekistan informed the UN head about the concrete data, figures and facts, which give evidence about the unpunished killings, violence, pogroms and arson by organized gangs of bandits towards peaceful citizens, mainly Uzbek population, in the recent days in the south of the Kyrgyz Republic, in Osh city and Jalalabad region.
The number of victims is estimated at hundreds, while the number of wounded counts thousands of civilians of Uzbek nationality.
Upon the call from the peaceful population and the head of the interim government of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva, the border of Uzbekistan was opened to accept the refugees, mainly women, children and the elderly, whose number today exceeds 70,000-80,000. This, in turn, required adoption of special measures to provide them, in the first place, with medical aid and all the necessary items.
The refugees have been and are being provided with all required conditions: the ill and the pregnant women are placed in hospitals, preventive medical aid is offered to everyone who requires it, living conditions have been created, together with three-time meals per day. The situation is complicated mainly by the large flow of refugees and their physical and stress condition.
President of Uzbekistan once again emphasized that the assistance, which so far has been offered by UN structures and individual states, should be speeded up, considering the situation the suffering people are in.
The head of the state voiced the need to reduce the quantity of intermediaries during the supply of humanitarian aid and the importance of its delivery directly to the places of location of those who suffered the violence.
Islam Karimov expressed interest in establishing the strictest control over this process.
In his turn, the UN Secretary General thanked the leader of Uzbekistan for the information on the situation in south Kyrgyzstan and refugee camps, as well as for the openness and access of the UN, its structures and the media to these camps. He also said the measures were being taken to stabilize the situation in the humanitarian disaster zone.
Ban Ki-Moon affirmed that he personally coordinated the whole process to provide the aid and took all necessary measures to increase the efficiency of the support provided to the population of south Kyrgyzstan and direct aid to the tragedy victims.
The United Nations, the Secretary General said, is holding the situation in the south and whole Kyrgyzstan under control and will take prompt measures for its stabilization.