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Talks with Kygyz government on OSCE police mission to continue

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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will continue talks with the Kyrgyz authorities on the deployment of an OSCE police mission, the head of the organization's Conflict Prevention Centre said.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will continue talks with the Kyrgyz authorities on the deployment of an OSCE police mission, the head of the organization's Conflict Prevention Centre said.

Herbert Salber said he would discuss the issue with Kygyz government officials in Bishkek next week.

In mid-June, the country saw its worst interethnic clashes in two decades. Some 2,000 people were killed in the riots, according to unofficial reports. About 100,000 people fled to neighboring Uzbekistan and hundreds of houses were destroyed in the violence-hit Osh and Jalalabad regions in the country's south.

Following the riots, the OSCE agreed to send an advisory group of 52 police officers to Kyrgyzstan to help the republic establish order. However, critics say the OSCE mission would be redundant because the situation in the country has been already stabilized.

Fliers are being handed out in Kyrgyzstan's south calling for people to take to the streets in protest against the police mission.

Salber said the OSCE police consultant would help create an atmosphere of trust between Kyrgyz police and local communities.

The riots in Kyrgyzstan followed large-scale opposition rallies that overturned President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, bringing to power the opposition, led by Roza Otunbayeva.

In June, the country saw a referendum on a new constitution, which also approved Otunbayeva as the country's president for a transitional period until 2012.

VIENNE, September 1 (RIA Novosti)

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