President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov made an address on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of June 2010 events.
Sadyr Zhaparov noted that in the multinational city of Osh, which has a rich three-thousand-year history, as well as in the blessed city of Jalal-Abad, outside destructive forces, as well as separatists have attempted to undermine the unity of the Kyrgyz people.
“These forces have divided the two peoples living in harmony, destroying their unity by spreading false information, inciting ethnic hatred in society, and seeking to destroy the future of our state for the sake of their interests, they have ignited the fire of conflict,” the Kyrgyz leader said.
He added that the Kyrgyz people who have experienced more difficult and severe trials in their history, with their wisdom, generosity and patience extinguished the flames of hostility and preserved their unity and integrity of the country.
The president stressed that the memory of those who perished in these tragic events will forever remain in hearts of Kyrgyzstanis.
“The Kyrgyz people will never forget those who came to help in the hour of trial. We thank all parties and the international community for their support in these difficult days. We thank all citizens of the country for their assistance to the victims,” Zhaparov said.
The head of state emphasized that the protection of interethnic unity and harmony should always be at the heart of the country’s leadership, and the implementation of national policy in the country must be approached carefully.
“Together we must unite and move our country forward!
May peace and harmony always reign! May the Almighty protect our country!”, the address of the Kyrgyz president runs.
The 2010 South Kyrgyzstan riots were clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan, primarily in the cities of Osh and Jalal-Abad, in the aftermath of the ouster of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on April 7. It is part of the larger Kyrgyz Revolution of 2010. Violence that started between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks on May 19 in Jalal-Abad escalated on June 10 in Osh.
Uzbekistan launched a limited troop incursion early on, but withdrew and opened its borders to Uzbek refugees. The clashes killed nearly 420 people, mostly Uzbeks, and displaced another 80,000.