Medvedev concerned over ethnic division in Kyrgyzstan
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed concern Thursday that ethnic unrest in Kyrgzstan could break up the volatile Central Asian nation and allow "radical elements" to gain power.
"We hope that after the elections a power capable of confronting these challenges will be formed... otherwise things could degenerate in Kyrgyzstan, it could even split up," Medevdev said during a press conference after talks with US President Barack Obama.
"We are very concerned about these conditions, the radicals could come to power," Medvedev said.
Hundreds of bewildered refugees streamed back into southern Kyrgyzstan on Thursday as authorities said almost all those who fled into Uzbekistan to escape ethnic clashes had returned.
Large-scale unrest has for the moment ceased in the country's south, where officials say up to 2,000 people may have been killed during the ethnic clashes between the majority Kyrgyz and minority Uzbek populations earlier this month.
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