05/08 09:03
 

Memorandum on OSCE intl police group in Kyrgyzstan still not signed

KABAR, Aufust 5. Kyrgyzstan and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have yet to sign a memorandum of mutual understanding that would allow an OSCE police group to work in the republic, Interfax reported citing to a spokesman for the Kyrgyz interim government.
"The government of Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE have not yet signed a memorandum on the presence of a consultative police group. It will become clear when the group will be able to start its work when the preparatory stage is completed," the spokesman said.
All 52 members of the planned OSCE international police contingent will be based in the Osh and Jalal-Abad regions in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Their mission will continue for four months.
"OSCE advisors will not take the side of anyone involved in the conflict. They will not voice any preferences or sympathy. The group will have a neutral attitude to all people in the country, regardless of their ethnicity or faith," the spokesman said.
The group will help the Kyrgyz authorities restore order and security in the republic, as well as improve dialogue between the public and police, he said.
It will work together with the local authorities, leaders of volunteer units and members of the ethnic communities in the regions.
The OSCE group will also advise Kyrgyz police how to work more effectively, train them and exchange experience. It will not arrest people or investigate crimes.
However, people in Osh, politicians and youth organizations have been protesting against the planned OSCE police mission in Kyrgyzstan.

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