The State Security Committee of the Kyrgyz parliament's Lower House began a hearing on 18 December on the 10 December incident during which a group of Uzbek law enforcement officers illegally entered Kyrgyzstan to arrest a Kyrgyz citizen. Opposition parliamentarian Azimbek Beknazarov reportedly gained the support of almost all the Lower House when he called earlier in the week for a parliamentary investigation. Foreign Minister Askar Aitmatov told the hearing that his ministry has sent a note about the incident to Uzbekistan, pointing out that the action violated a 1996 treaty between the two countries. Several parliamentarians criticized Jalal-Abad Oblast law enforcement officials and questioned their competence for having allowed the Uzbek officers to leave Kyrgyzstan before informing Bishkek about the incident.
RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service, December 19, 2003