After three days of discussion and questioning of government officials about public safety in the country, the Kyrgyz Legislative Assembly (the lower house of parliament) adopted a resolution on 27 May calling on President Askar Akaev to improve the monitoring and supervision of law enforcement, Kabar and akipress.org reported the same day. The issue was reportedly raised in the assembly in response to the 15 May raid on the Jalal-Abad Oblast and city police headquarters, during which the attackers beat policemen and stole weapons. First Deputy Prime Minister Kurmanbek Osmonov, Interior Minister Bakirdin Subanbekov, and other officials were called on to describe the response of government and law-enforcement agencies to the bombings of a Bishkek market in December and an Osh exchange office in May as well as to an overall increase in crime nationwide. The resolution orders the Prosecutor-General's Office, National Security Service, and Interior Ministry to inform the assembly by 23 June as to what measures have been taken to improve the situation. It also asks the president to have the government improve the living and working conditions of law-enforcement personnel.
Eurasianet, May 28, 2003