Voters in Kyrgyzstan have overwhelmingly approved on June 27 a new constitution that turns the country into the first parliamentary state in Central Asia. The turnout was more than 70% of the 2.7 million voters.
Russia and the US have some disagreements, but neither side will let that get in the way of a strong working relationship – that was the message from Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, who held a joint press conference.
Kyrgyzstan’s ongoing unrest has claimed more than 250 lives and led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in the country, with many seeking shelter in makeshift camps on the Uzbek border.
As Kyrgyzstan mourns the 190 victims of ethnic clashes in the south of the country, the UN and the interim government point to evidence the troubles were orchestrated and the actual number of killed may be a lot higher.
As the crisis in Kyrgyzstan shows no signs of abating, international organizations and different countries, including Russia and the US, are expressing their concern over the events and pledging humanitarian help.