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Death toll in southern Kyrgyz riots rises to 75 (WRAPUP 1)

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Inter-ethnic violence in south Kyrgyzstan claimed the lives of 75 people, leaving over 900 injured, the Kyrgyz news agency AKI-press cited the country's health ministry as saying on Saturday.

Inter-ethnic violence in south Kyrgyzstan claimed the lives of 75 people, leaving over 900 injured, the Kyrgyz news agency AKI-press cited the country's health ministry as saying on Saturday.

The fighting, between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbek groups hit the country's southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad.

The insurgents in both cities set ablaze the cars, crushed the stores and markets as well as the residential houses. The looters have been rampaging through the streets during the days of rioting.

"We remove the corpses from the city streets, however there are districts uncontrolled by the authorities. We do not know what is going on there," unnamed health ministry spokesperson said, adding the whole residential blocks had been burnt out during the riots.

Kyrgyz interim government declared the state of emergency and curfew in Osh and Jalalabad as the violence-hit areas continued to expand.

The interim government's unnamed spokesperson said the cabinet was set to discuss the partial mobilization in the wake of violence's outbursts.

"In the nearest future the interim government will hold a meeting, during which the decree on the partial mobilization of the civilians will be considered," the spokesperson said.

If the decree is passed, the Kyrgyz recruitment offices will start to register the reservists on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) post-Soviet security bloc's members are set to gather on Monday to discuss the possible deployment of peacekeeping contingent to the violence-hit Kyrgyzstan.

CSTO spokesperson said the upcoming meeting is aimed to "make proposals on the collective measures over the settlement of the Kyrgyz riots". The CSTO members will also discuss how to prevent the possible inter-ethnic conflicts in future, restore the order and provide the security in the country.

The CSTO includes Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Earlier on Saturday Kyrgyzstan's interim leader, Roza Otunbayeva, appealed to Russia to send the peacekeepers to help stop ongoing ethnic violence in the south of the country.

However a highly-placed Russian military source said that Russian troops stationed at the Kant military base in Kyrgyzstan, some 20 km south of the capital Bishkek, would not be deployed to Osh.

MOSCOW, June 12 (RIA Novosti) 

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