Press Releases

    SG/SM/9873
    17 May 2005

    Secretary-General Deplores Outbreak of Violence in Uzbekistan, Calls for Cooperation with Refugee Agency Emergency Team

    NEW YORK, 16 May (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General has been following events in Uzbekistan over the past few days with great concern.  He deplores the outbreak of violence in the city of Andijan.  He is saddened by the news of the loss of life, including civilians, and appeals to all parties concerned for restraint in the use of force.

    The Secretary-General calls on all parties concerned to comply with international humanitarian law and cooperate fully with the UNHCR emergency team deployed to the region for providing assistance to refugees coming from Uzbekistan.

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