US sees signs Kyrgyz clashes have stopped spreading

The violence in Kyrgyzstan appears to have stopped spreading and may be diminishing, a top U.S. official said.

US sees signs Kyrgyz clashes have stopped spreading

The violence in Kyrgyzstan appears to have stopped spreading and may be diminishing, a top U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, adding that there was still an urgent need to restore order and provide aid.

At least 170 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have fled from the deadliest ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan in 20 years.

"I know that there was a concern initially about the violence spreading and we saw the violence spread from Osh to Jalalabad," said Nancy McEldowney, U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs.

"But reports over the course of the last 24 hours have been that that spreading had abated," she said on the sidelines of an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) meeting in Vienna.

She said her officials were also getting reports that the violence was diminishing in the affected areas and she said the U.S. Manas airbase in the north of the country was not seen at risk.


Reuters

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