EU/Kyrgyzstan — Statement about the new clashes

State­ment by High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cather­ine Ash­ton on the new clash­es in Kyr­gyzs­tan
Cather­ine Ash­ton, the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Union for For­eign Affairs and Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy and Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion made the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“I express my deep con­cern over the vio­lent clash­es which erupt­ed yet again in South­ern Kyr­gyzs­tan on 10 June, and have led to the trag­ic loss of many lives and a large num­ber of injured. I offer my con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and friends of the vic­tims.

I call upon all involved in the clash­es to cease vio­lence imme­di­ate­ly and allow the inhab­i­tants of the city of Osh and the sur­round­ing region to return to nor­mal life.

I call upon the pro­vi­sion­al gov­ern­ment of the Kyr­gyz Repub­lic to restore pub­lic order with law­ful means, and organ­ise inter-com­mu­ni­ty dia­logue as a mat­ter of urgency.

The EU con­tin­ues to sup­port the work of the pro­vi­sion­al gov­ern­ment on restor­ing the legit­i­ma­cy of state pow­er in the coun­try. Today the efforts of every­one in Kyr­gyzs­tan should be focused on the Con­sti­tu­tion­al ref­er­en­dum on 27 June and the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Octo­ber. These are the first, cru­cial steps towards the return to democ­ra­cy and the only way to guar­an­tee sta­bil­i­ty and the uni­ty of the coun­try.

I have asked the EU Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Cen­tral Asia to vis­it Kyr­gyzs­tan in the next days and to meet with Kyr­gyz author­i­ties and inter­na­tion­al stake­hold­ers.”

Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union