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Commission blames Kyrgyz forces for ethnic clashes

Reuters , Tuesday 3 May 2011
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Kyrgyz security forces may have been complicit in ethnic clashes that killed 470 people last year, an independent commission said on Tuesday, urging the government to investigate the military's role in the violence.

The Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission, chaired by a former Finnish member of parliament, said certain attacks on Uzbek neighbourhoods of Osh in June 2010, if proven beyond doubt in a court of law, would amount to "crimes against humanity".

Kyrgyzstan's government rejected the report's findings of complicity by its security forces, said there was insufficient evidence of crimes against humanity and said the report was one-sided.

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