Friday, June 18, 2010

Will There Be An International Inquiry? Taking Bets

No, not Israel.

In Kirgizstan.

Er, Kyrgastan.

Er, Kergizstan.

In Kyrgyzstan.

What's the story?

The United States called on Friday for an international investigation into ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan, as its leader said the death toll could be 10 times higher than the official tally of 190.

Roza Otunbayeva's interim administration and the United Nations say the bloodshed in clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks, which has driven hundreds of thousands to flee their burned-out homes, began with planned and orchestrated attacks.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake described the situation as a humanitarian crisis and urged the interim government of the Central Asian state, which hosts U.S. and Russian military bases, to act immediately to stop the killing.

Blake was visiting refugee camps in neighboring Uzbekistan as Otunbayeva traveled to the strife-torn south and pledged to rebuild the region to allow refugees to leave squalid camps and return home.

So, what do you think?

Will there be an international commission of inquiry?

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