UN condemns escalating Kyrgyzstan violence

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The Independent Online

The UN Security Council condemned the violence in Kyrgyzstan and calling for calm and a return of the rule of law.

The council said in a statement after a briefing by Under-secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe that it supports efforts by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and regional organisations "to deal in an appropriate way with the situation".

The council stressed the need to support the delivery of humanitarian assistance "in an urgent manner."

Officials said at least 138 people were killed and 1,800 wounded since the violence began last week.

Tens of thousands of minority Uzbeks fled the deadliest violence Kyrgyzstan has seen in 20 years.