EU — Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton on Kyrgyzstan

Cather­ine Ash­ton, High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Euro­pean Union for For­eign Affairs and Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy, express­es seri­ous con­cern about the dete­ri­o­rat­ing secu­ri­ty sit­u­a­tion in some towns of Kyr­gyzs­tan, which accord­ing to avail­able infor­ma­tion has again led to regret­table blood­shed.

HR Ash­ton said: “I call on all polit­i­cal actors with­in and out­side the pro­vi­sion­al gov­ern­ment to refrain from vio­lence and unlaw­ful action in this dif­fi­cult peri­od in the inter­est of sta­bil­i­ty of the nation. I urge them to do every­thing to calm the sit­u­a­tion and not to esca­late it fur­ther by orga­niz­ing shows of force, in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing the present sen­si­tive times after the April events.

I am con­vinced that, in the present sit­u­a­tion, there is no alter­na­tive to the way cho­sen by the pro­vi­sion­al gov­ern­ment to return to full con­sti­tu­tion­al order in the coun­try.”

HR Ash­ton calls on all polit­i­cal actors to con­cen­trate their efforts to put a ful­ly legit­i­mate gov­ern­ment in place, to finalise the draft con­sti­tu­tion, bring it to pop­u­lar vote in a ref­er­en­dum and, on its basis, hold fair and trans­par­ent elec­tions, through which the Kyr­gyz peo­ple will deter­mine its new lead­er­ship.

The Euro­pean Union stands ready to ren­der its full sup­port to the Kyr­gyz Repub­lic in this process.

Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union