News / Asia

Clinton Cautious on Blame for Kyrgyz Violence

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reaffirmed U.S. support for Kyrgyzstan's interim government while urging caution in assigning blame for the ethnic violence that has swept the central Asian state.  Clinton discussed the Kyrgyz situation and Afghanistan Friday with Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen.  

Secretary Clinton says charges that the violence has been instigated by followers of ousted Kyrgyz leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and that some Kyrgyz security forces are taking part in it, have to be taken seriously.

But she says pending such a determination, the international focus should be on supporting the interim authorities in Bishkek and getting humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the violence, including ethnic Uzbeks taking refuge in Uzbekistan.

Clinton discussed the Kyrgyz situation with the Danish foreign minister, as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert Blake, began talks in Bishkek after visiting the Uzbek border region.

Asked about possible ethnic cleansing by Kyrgyz forces at a press event with her Danish counterpart, Clinton said it is premature to make conclusions about the origins of the unrest.

"There are many moving actors and circumstances," said Hillary Clinton. "So our bottom line is; work with the international community to try to support the provisional government in bringing about a resumption of order, work with Uzbekistan which has opened its borders to tens of thousand of fleeing Uzbeks, work to get humanitarian  aid in as quickly and comprehensively as possible, and then see if you can stabilize the situation."

Clinton said she spoke by telephone Thursday with Kyrgyz interim leader Roza Otunbayeva and with Uzkbekistan President Islam Karimov.

As of Thursday, the United States had committed more than $32 million in humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan and affected Uzbek border areas.

Clinton's meeting with the Danish Foreign Minister Espersen was otherwise dominated by Afghanistan, where Danish troops in the NATO-led coalition have sustained significant casualties in fighting in Helmand province and elsewhere.

Asked about so-called "Afghan fatigue" among U.S. allies, the Danish official said despite the battlefield losses, her government strongly backs the NATO mission.

"Sometimes we forget why we're there," said Lene Espersen. "We're there for the safety of ourselves. We're there for the safety of Danish citizens and American citizens, because if we weren't there, we would get attacked by terrorists.  So it's our own safety that's at stake.  Nobody wants to stay in Afghanistan a second longer than necessary.  But it all depends on the ground security.  It depends on the progress being made."

Clinton said there has been considerable progress in Afghanistan in many areas including government capacity building, education and agriculture, but that is still a largely unreported story.

The secretary confirmed she plans to attend the July 20 conference on Afghanistan in Kabul, a follow-up to last January's Afghan donor conference in London.

You May Like

Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life?

Dynamic and debonair opposition leader had supported liberal economic reforms, criticized Russian president's aggression in Ukraine More

Oil Smuggling Highlights Challenges in Shutting Down IS Finances

Pentagon spokesman says Islamic State 'certainly continues to get revenue from the oil industry black market' but that airstrikes have made a dent More

India Focuses on Infrastructure, Investment to Propel Economy

Government expects economy to grow at 8 to 8.5 percent in next fiscal year More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More