Russian troops to guard sites in Kyrgyzstan: interim leader

18th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian troops will be deployed to guard some strategic sites in Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian country's interim leader Roza Otunbayeva said on national radio Friday.

"Russian troops will guard some strategic sites in Kyrgyzstan," Otunbayeva said. "This decision has been taken to ensure security for these sites."

Otunbayeva had earlier asked Russia to send military forces to help quell ethnic clashes that exploded in the Central Asian state a week ago.

The Kremlin dispatched humanitarian aid but rejected Otunbayeva's request for military help, saying the violence was an internal affair that had to be brought under control by the government of Kyrgyzstan.

Otunbayeva also reiterated that the death toll from the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan was up to 10 times higher than the official toll of 192.

"I would increase the official death toll from southern Kyrgyzstan by ten times," Otunbayeva said.

© 2010 AFP

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