Wanted: OSCE Leadership in Kyrgyzstan
If April's violent regime change in Kyrgyzstan suggested international assistance is needed, the recent bloodshed in the country's south confirmed it. Regional powers as well as the United States have an interest in ensuring the ethnic violence does not recur. But local leadership offers the best chance of enlisting the help needed. Neighboring Kazakhstan has an opportunity to use its chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to find a constructive solution.
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