As the bloodiest ethnic violence between Kyrgyz andin last two decades continued for the fifth day, Russia appeared ready to intervene.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which gathers seven ex-Soviet republics including Kyrgyzstan, agreed today on a “package of measures which includes interethnic dialogue and strict border protection, as well as the more usual security precautions.”, the Voice of Russia reported.
“The five partners of Kyrgyzstan offered that country appropriate help." the CSTO Spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov said.
Since the clashes began, the death tool has risen above 200.
About 80,000 Uzbeks have fled to the refugee camps in the neighboring Uzbekistan, and some 15, 000 are waiting to cross the border, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
According to the Uzbekistan’s authorities many of the refugees had gunshot wounds.
The Kyrgyzstan's interim government admitted that it has lost control over the situation. The interim President Roza Otunbayeva called for Russia to help.
Otunbayeva accused the ex-President Kurmanbek Bakiyev of being behind the clashes. Bakiyev, who was ousted in April and is in exile in Belarus, still has a stronghold in the south of the country where the violence began.
There is a fear that the clashes could spread throughout the region.
The United Nations Security Council is to have an emergency discussion on Kyrgyzstan on Monday.