20 Jun 2010

UN issues appeal for Kyrgzstan

2:50 pm on 20 June 2010

The United Nations has announced a $US71 million appeal for Kyrgzstan where there is ethnic conflict.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the focus of the appeal will be food and shelter.

He said an estimated 300,000 people have been displaced and up to 100,000 have fled to Uzbekistan since fighting between Kyrgyzs and Uzbeks began in the south on 10 June.

Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet state in central Asia.

The country's interim leader, Roza Otunbayeva, says as many as 2000 people may have died in ethnic violence.

The BBC reports Ms Otunbayeva's estimate is 10 times higher than previous official figures.

She flew into Osh, the city at the centre of the violence, on Friday to inspect the damage, but made no attempt to enter Uzbek parts of the city.