UN Security Council Produces Wan Response on Kyrgyz Conflict; OSCE on Its Way
On August 5, the UN Security Council heard a briefing on the situation in Kyrgyzstan from Ambassador Miroslav Jenca, head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat.
In a brief press statement, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which currently holds the Security Council's rotating presidency this month, said:
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to provide appropriate support to the efforts of the Regional Centre to facilitate dialogue and assist the governments of Central Asia on regional issues of common concern.
Churkin also said Council members "appreciated the work of the Regional Centre to assist Central Asian countries in responding to the challenges in the region, particularly in the context of the recent developments in Kyrgyzstan."
And that's it -- no reference to support for an international policing mission, or for the international fact-finding mission.
Inner City Press reports that although some Security Council members reportedly tried to get more substance into the press statement, apparently not only Russia, but the U.S., which has repeatedly called for accountability, preferred not to use the UN on this issue, leaving the statement vague and "decaffeinated" as one non-permanent Council member put it.
As far as is known, Interim President Roza Otunbayeva has not yet received a response to her July 21 letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, asking for UN participation in an international commission of inquiry to be headed by Finnish MP Kimmo Kiljunen. UN officials say they are likely to provide technical assistance only.
Speaking of technical assistance, the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) which refused to send a peace-keeping force when requested by Otunbayeva in June, did say it would send equipment and vehicles. So far, this assistance has not yet arrived, reportedly waiting for signatures in Moscow.
The CSTO is now sending a group of advisers to Kyrgyzstan to investigate the June conflict in the south, 24.kg reported, citing RIA Novosti which referenced a source in the CSTO secretariat.
On July 22, the OSCE Permanent Council voted to deploy in Osh a Police Advisory Group (PAG) of 52 unarmed police advisors. It's not all there yet.
The PAG will reported cost millions of euros, rian.ru reported. The police group is still recruiting and only plans to stay for four months. The proposal for the police group reportedly came from Uzbekistan, Asia Times reported, and then was endorsed by Western members of the OSCE.
Local officials, including the Mayor of Osh, have opposed the deployment of the OSCE police group and have apparently sponsored street demonstrations against the decision, EurasiaNet reported. Officials have said they cannot ensure the security of the 52 police officers, and that guarding them will take away from other urgent tasks.