28 June 2005

Secretary-General Asks President of Kyrgyzstan to Ensure that No Further Uzbek Asylum-Seekers Are Forcibly Returned to Uzbekistan

NEW YORK, 27 June (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued on 25 June by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General spoke today to President Bakiev of Kyrgyzstan, to ask him to ensure that no further Uzbek asylum-seekers are forcibly returned to Uzbekistan. The Secretary-General reminded the President of Kyrgyzstan’s international obligations and offered the assistance of the United Nations in resolving the problem.  The Secretary-General also asked the President to extend his fullest support to Mr. Kamel Morjane, Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, who will arrive in Kyrgyzstan this weekend.

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