Memorandum on OSCE intl police group in Kyrgyzstan still not signed

Herbert Salber, director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, speaks during a news conference in Almaty July 16, 2010.

From Interfax:  Kyrgyzstan and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have yet to sign a memorandum of mutual understanding that would allow an OSCE police group to work in the republic, a spokesman for the Kyrgyz interim government told Interfax on Wednesday.

"The government of Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE have not yet signed a memorandum on the presence of a consultative police group. It will become clear when the group will be able to start its work when the preparatory stage is completed," the spokesman said.

All 52 members of the planned OSCE international police contingent will be based in the Osh and Jalal-Abad regions in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Their mission will continue for four months.

"OSCE advisors will not take the side of anyone involved in the conflict. They will not voice any preferences or sympathy. The group will have a neutral attitude to all people in the country, regardless of their ethnicity or faith," the spokesman said.  (photo: Reuters)

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