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The Russian authorities should take up responsibility for prevention of violence in Kyrgyzstan

Statement by YABLOKO's Chairman
April 19, 2010

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses its extreme concern by the growth of havoc and violence in Kyrgyzstan, which also led to the acts of violence and robbery against Russian citizens and ethnic Russians living in Kyrgyzstan.

In the situation of abrupt weakening of the power and virtual negligence by the law enforcement, nationalistic bashing can end in multiple victims. The duty of the Russian authorities is to prevent murders of our compatriots, as well as the citizens of Kyrgyzstan and all other nations that are left without protection.

We are calling President of Russia and Prime Minister of Russia to take under their personal control the issue of preventing mass killings in Kyrgyzstan, make corresponding public statements and use all the leverages so that to influence the situation.

YABLOKO thinks that Russia can and should initiate the CIS summit on the level of at least Foreign Ministers for development of urgent measures for protection of people. An urgent decision, if required, should be taken to forward peacemakers to Kyrgyzstan so that to prevent mass killings.

We are also calling to examining all the diplomatic and defence possibilities of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. We think that if the Kyrgyz authorities are unable to protect people, they should apply to their allies with such a request.

Once again we are stressing that such actions are urgent. The price of delay is human lives.

Sergei Mitrokhin
Chairman of the YABLOKO party

See also:

Human Rights

YABLOKO Against Extremism



April 19, 2010