Osh mayor denies he is nationalist and blames the interim government in the exacerbation of interethnic hostility in S. Kyrgyzstan
11/05-2011 13:03, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency , by Daniyar KARIMOV
Osh mayor Melisbek Myrzakmatov doesn’t consider himself as nationalist and blames separatists and members of the interim government in the exacerbation of interethnic hostility in the south of Kyrgyzstan. He voiced such statement commenting on the report of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission.
“The Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission calling me nationalist used various rumors in its report,” Melisbek Myrzakmatov stressed. “Dissemination of such proofless slander about me won’t serve for the prestige of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission. I, as the mayor, don’t discriminate perpetrators by ethnicity and will never do that. All ethnos living in Osh city are equal for me. I am ready to protect interests and rights of all townspeople regardless of their ethnicity.”
“The main cause of the bloodshed in the south was separatist appeals of leaders of Uzbeks diasporas in Kyrgyzstan,” he said. “Kadyrzhan Batyrov, Inomzhan Abdurasulov, Karamat Abdullaeva wanting to take advantage of the temporary difficulties of the state organized meetings and gatherings in Osh and Jalal-Abad and incited Uzbeks. They raised questions concerning Uzbek, culture, involvement of Uzbeks to the power but we have information about their actions in privy aimed at the destabilization of interethnic relationships.”
“Today it is known that leaders of Uzbeks diasporas running a flag of separatism and relying upon some ‘masers’ in the interim government incited the fair of confrontation in Osh city,” the mayor said. “In April-May 2010 Osh mayor’s office worked out concrete plans to prevent interethnic conflict. We conducted meetings in places where Uzbeks live and urged them not to follow provocations of separatists. We addressed with the letter to the head of the interim government Roza Otunbayeva and asked her to take immediate measures. But the interim government relying on separatist leaders of the Uzbek diasporas created prerequisites for irritation of the whole Kyrgyz population in the south of Kyrgyzstan. In the result ‘interim’ leaders in Bishkek received suggestions of Osh mayor’s office with incredulity and our suggestions on preventing interethnic hostility remained without answer.”
“The only thing upsets me: the report says nothing about the enormous contribution of the Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov to the stabilization of the interethnic conflict,” Melisbek Myrzakmatov noted. “His wise policy not to interfere into our internal affairs, strengthening the border between two states and rendering humanitarian assistance to refugees prevented big trouble in the Central Asia. Multinational people of our city highly appreciate his fraternal attitude toward Kyrgyzstan.”
“Osh is a backbone for the Kyrgyz nationhood,” he believes. “Ordinary Uzbeks and Kyrgyz people considering the southern capital as a common home and they don’t bear any relations to the beginning of the conflict. He appraised properly nationalist separatists and removed them both from the political arena and the territory of the state.”
“Separatists and their backstage sponsors have to incur liability and bear punishment they deserve,” Melisbek Myrzakmatov said. “The people of Osh city never forgive their malefactions.”
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