Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs/State Secretary Grigory Karasin Speaks to EU Special Representative for Central Asia Pierre Morel by Phone

Submitted on Tue, 05/31/2011 - 22:00

A telephone conversation took place on May 30 between State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin and European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Pierre Morel.

During their conversation they discussed various aspects of the domestic political situation in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Pierre Morel expressed concern over the fact that on May 26 the Kyrgyz Parliament had passed a resolution that has had certain repercussions, subjecting to harsh criticism the report of the international independent investigation commission into the events in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, calling it “biased and one-sided.”

Grigorin Karasin urged that the Kyrgyz parliamentarians’ decisions should not be dramatized, emphasizing that the work on the investigation of the tragic events of June 2010 in Kyrgyzstan had been conducted in various formats, among them by a group of international experts led by Kimmo Kiljunen, precisely at the initiative of the leadership of the country. Furthermore, the published results of several investigations had evoked a mixed response in Kyrgyz society and among the power structures, and the report of the Kiljunen commission in this sense was no exception.

Karasin noted that, despite some criticisms of the document, its conclusions were taken into account by the Kyrgyz Government, which has decided to heed the recommendations of the international experts and establish a special government commission to monitor this process. The main thing is that these steps should contribute to strengthening inter-ethnic harmony, preserving peace and stability in the Republic, and facilitating its successful and conflictless advance along the path of democratic reforms.