A special meeting was held on 19 May at the Vienna headquarters of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to discuss the organization's program of assistance to reform Kyrgyzstan's Interior Ministry, akipress.org reported. The OSCE is spending 3.8 million euros ($4.4 million) on the program, which is scheduled to last 18 months and consists of seven projects that reportedly will focus on providing methodological and technical assistance. Kyrgyz presidential administration deputy head Temirbek Akmataliev pointed out that the reform of Kyrgyzstan's law enforcement agencies was ordered by President Askar Akaev on 19 April 2002, a month after police killed five demonstrators in the Aksy Raion of southern Kyrgyzstan. Also on 19 May, OSCE Chairman in Office and Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and his personal envoy for Central Asia, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, met with Akaev in Cholpon-Ata, a resort town on Lake Issyk-Kul, khabar.kz reported. Akaev reportedly spoke about progress in implementing constitutional reforms and described efforts to boost
regional security being carried out by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, of which Kyrgyzstan is a member.
Eurasianet, May 20, 2003