Swiss diplomat to head OSCE police mission to Kyrgyzstan

13th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

The OSCE said Friday that Swiss diplomat Markus Mueller will head the transatlantic security group's police mission to Kyrgyzstan.

Mueller, chief of the OSCE's office in Bishkek from 2003 to 2008, "has been appointed head of the police advisory group to be sent to Kyrgyzstan," the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said in a statement.

The 52-member team of unarmed international police officers and local community mediators is to be deployed for an operational period of four months in the south of Kyrgyzstan.

It has no law enforcement powers and its task will be to monitor and advise the police of Kyrgyzstan in six police stations in the Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces.

The OSCE's decision-making Permanent Council decided last month to send the mission.

All 56 member states have been invited to nominate candidates.

"Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, the United States and Ukraine have already put forth candidates to be part of the group," the statement said.

© 2010 AFP

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