New UN fund launched to promote Kyrgyz-Tajik cross border cooperation

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Copyright: UN Kyrgyzstan

A new fund has been launched by the UN Secretary-General to promote cooperation between communities across borders in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Ban Ki-moon made the announcement on Thursday during his visit to Kyrgyzstan where he addressed an international conference on parliamentarianism.

In January there was an exchange of cross- frontier gunfire which reportedly injured several Kyrgyz and Tajik guards and led to the closure of the border.

Dianne Penn reports.

During his second visit to Kyrgyzstan the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon met with the country's president and other political leaders.

He told reporters that the country has made headway in reducing hunger, expanding girls' education and promoting sustainability.

Mr Ban also said the government has strong plans to promote inter-ethnic harmony and protect the rights of all including minorities.

He encouraged the authorities of the Kyrgyz Republic to fully investigate human rights violations that took place during the inter-ethnic violence between Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities in 2010.

"I also urge the Government to complete the ongoing judicial and law enforcement reforms. It is important for policies to be put into practice. The United Nations pledges to do all we can to assist. That is why I announced today a new United Nations Peacebuilding Fund initiative to promote cooperation between communities across borders in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and to involve more women and youth." (28")

The Secretary-General said this will help further boost regional cooperation in Central Asia- a primary goal of his visit.

He also thanked the Government of Kyrgyzstan for hosting the Central Asia Regional Office of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dianne Penn United Nations.

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