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[15.03.23] Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Meets with the Kyrgyz Authorities and NGOs

The representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Daan Everts, met with deputy Prime Minister, Joomart Otorbaev, foreign ambassadors in Bishkek, and representatives of several non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Among the leaders of the NGOs were head of the 'Interbilim', Asiya Sasykbaeva, president of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, Edil Baisalov, and the president of the Association of Noncommercial and Non-government Organizations, Toktaiym Umetalieva. They discussed problems of deepening democratic reforms in Kyrgyzstan.
Yesterday, during the meeting with President Askar Akayev, Everts announced that the OSCE will allocate to Kyrgyzstan about 3,600,000 euros to establish several police departments that would be a sample to reform the rest law-enforcement bodies in the country. Everts urged the Kyrgyz government and opposition to have a constructive dialogue.
Everts said that the OSCE representative Erik Rudenscholt will attend a gathering in the Aksy district on March 17. It will be organized by the opposition forces in commemoration of protesters killed by police last year.
Kyrgyz police shot dead five participants of the peaceful anti-government protest action in the Aksy district of the Jalal-Abad region on March 17-18, last year. The event was one of the main catalysts for the current constitutional and jurisdictional reforms in the country.

RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, March 15, 2003

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