Kyrgyzstan’s new government shows little interest in improving inter-ethnic relations, while the international community is slow to learn the lessons of last summer’s violent clashes in southern regions, according to a recently released report on the Osh violence. The report goes on to express concern that an uptick in aggressive nationalism is placing Kyrgyzstan on a path toward failed-state status.
This year’s presidential elections “may result in the emergence of a more nationalistic figure,” which would further undermine hopes for reconciliation, warns the report, titled Promoting a Stable and Multiethnic Kyrgyzstan: Overcoming the Causes and Legacies of Violence. The report was published March 7 by the Open Society Foundations. [Editor’s Note: EurasiaNet.org operates under the auspices of OSF]
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