Over the weekend, a meeting of OSCE foreign ministers in Almaty agreed to send a small multinational police "advisory group" to southern Kyrgyzstan to help maintain the fragile peace there:
The agreement said the group would comprise 52 police officers with the possibility to send an additional 50 officers at a later stage. The group would be in Kyrgyzstan for four months, with a possibility to extend as needed and agreed.
"The tasks of this mission is first of all advising the Kyrgyz police. The Police Advisory Group will have contact with all parts of the population in southern Kyrgyzstan," [Director of the OSCE Secretariat's Conflict Prevention Centre Herbert] Salber said. "They will be assisting and also monitoring the Kyrgyz police. They will accompany them in their work with the communities there with the objective of strengthening the confidence in this area, in particular between the police and the population."
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