Kyrgyzstan not against NGOs’ participation in OSCE ODIHR events but criminals

yrgyzstan is not against NGOs’ participation in the OSCE ODIHR events, it is against giving a platform for criminals, said Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erland Abdyldayev in a statement during 23rd meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OSCE Member States in Hamburg on December 8.

Abdyldayev was referring to the September incident in Warsaw when Kadyrzan Batyrov, handed life sentence in Kyrgyzstan for organization of mass disorders and incitement of ethnic hatred during the ethnic violence in June 2010 in southern Kyrgyzstan, was given a platform at the OSCE ODIHR event.

“Kyrgyzstan stands for revision of the existing rules and procedures of human dimension events, including the OSCE ODIHR meetings. We appeal to the upcoming Austrian presidency to immediately begin work on the optimization to ensure legitimate and consistent implementation of all futher activities of the OSCE ODIHR starting from 2017,” the statement said.

Abdyldayev also said that Kyrgyzstan has decided to rethink on the mandate of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek.

“In 2017, Kyrgyzstan will have presidential election. In this regard, we urge the OSCE to continue to support the efforts of Kyrgyzstan to conduct presidential election in accordance with international standards,” he added.

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