SITUATION ON KYRGYZ-UZBEK BORDER GROWING STABLE

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ASTANA, May 20 (RIA Novosti) - The situation on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border is growing stable, deputy chairman of Kyrgyzstan's National Security Service Beishenbai Zhunusov said at a press conference in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Friday.

"There are no serious problems on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. We have restored the common border-crossing regime," he said.

According to Zhunusov, "some refugees fled Andizhan on the first night after the unrests." "We provided them with tents and foodstuffs," he said.

"We are currently discussing their home-coming with Uzbek authorities," Zhunusov added.

The migration service department of Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Ministry registered 491 refugees from Uzbekistan. "They received registration certificates permitting them to stay on Kyrgyz territory," the Kabar news agency reported yesterday.

According to Kabar, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees called on Kyrgyz authorities "to adhere to [their] legal obligations, give access to Uzbek citizens seeking refuge on Kyrgyz territory and guarantee their security."

Kyrgyzstan signed and ratified the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 protocol to this convention.

Public disorders occurred in Andizhan, Uzbekistan's fourth largest city, on May 13. According to official information, 169 people were killed, however, human rights advocates and journalists reported about hundreds of victims.

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