March 30, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
International Crisis Group (ICG) has released a report entitled "Kyrgyzstan: Widening Ethnic Divisions in the South." This report is in regards to the flaring ethnic tensions in Southern Kyrgyzstan between the Kyrgyz majority and the Uzbek minority, which has been on the rise since the violence that erupted there in 2010. Very little effort for reconciliation has been made, mostly due to the government's neglect and the anti-Uzbek policies that dominate the southern region of the country.
“Failure to address either the ethnic problem or the question of who controls the south could have very serious negative consequences: deterioration of ethnic relations and an entrenchment of a defiant and dangerous political leadership there that is determined to set its own political agenda”, says Robert Templer, Crisis Group’s Asia Program Director.