The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry has issued a statement rejecting the results of an Uzbek investigation into an incident on 16 July in which a Kyrgyz citizen was killed by Uzbek border guards. The ministry statement said the Kyrgyz side is continuing to work with the Uzbek Foreign Ministry on the issue, but is "deeply concerned" that charges against the Uzbek border guards involved in the shooting were dropped and the Uzbek prosecutor-general has filed criminal cases against some Kyrgyz citizens who were allegedly involved the incident. The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry also said it found the Uzbek attitude counterproductive. The Kyrgyz insist blame for the incident lies entirely with the Uzbek guards, while the Uzbek side blames the Kyrgyz. The Kyrgyz side also argues that the use of firearms by border guards in peacetime cannot be justified. The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry is calling for an impartial probe into the incident.
akipress.org, October 16, 2003