Kyrgyzstan UN envoy meets with all parties to recent fighting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dispatched Executive Director of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ján Kubiš to the Central Asian country last week to try to help resolve tensions and promote dialogue and he arrived over the weekend. He is to brief Mr. Ban directly on his return to New York on Thursday.“I am following the situation very closely,” Mr. Ban told a news briefing in New York today. “He (Mr. Kubiš) has been meeting with all parties, working closely with the envoys of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and others, to maintain and restore constitutional order while respecting the wishes of the Kyrgyz people.”Mr. Ban himself was in Kyrgyzstan as part of a five-nation Central Asian tour earlier this month when he stressed the need to respect human rights and for regional cooperation over water and other mineral resources.Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) sent medicines and surgical equipment to help doctors treat the hundreds of casualties from the clashes in which at least 75 people were reported to have been killed. These included antibiotics that could treat up to 1,500 cases of wounds and disease, as well as forceps and stethoscopes. 12 April 2010A special United Nations envoy is currently in Kyrgyzstan, meeting with all parties to try to restore constitutional order while respecting the people’s will after deadly clashes that saw the opposition set up a provisional authority in Bishkek, the capital, and the President flee to the south.

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