Russia to send 7 officials to Kyrgyzstan as part of OSCE police mission

Supporters of former presidential hopeful Urmat Baryktabasov rally against the government in Bishkek, Aug. 5, 2010.

From RIA Novosti:  Seven Russian officials will be part of a police advisory group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kyrgyzstan, the Kremlin said on Friday.

The group, headed by former head of the OSCE Center in Bishkek Markus Mueller, will also comprise officials from Turkey, Serbia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland. …

Following the riots, OSCE agreed to provide support to Kyrgyzstan, which would include a police mission of 52 officers sent to the country’s violence-hit southern regions.

OSCE has allocated over 3.7 million euro ($4.7 mln) to support its police mission in the Central Asian republic.

Critics say the OSCE mission is redundant because the situation in the country has been already stabilized.  (photo: AP)

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