Bishkek, April 17. Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev held talks with the OSCE High Commissioner on national minorities, Rolf Ekeus, who wraps-up his visit to Kyrgyzstan today. Both sides discussed problems of ethnic minorities in the country and bilateral cooperation between the OSCE and Kyrgyzstan. Akayev told the High Commissioner about the results of the constitutional reforms in the country. Ekeus, in his turn, proposed to have a program on further maintaining inter-ethnic harmony and concord in Kyrgyzstan. He emphasized the role of education on equal terms in order to integrate the minorities into the Kyrgyz society.
On Monday, Ekeus met with Kyrgyz foreign minister, Askar Aitmatov, the speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the parliament, Abdygany Erkebayev, state secretary, Osmonakun Ibraimov, and first deputy prime minister, Kurmanbek Osmonov, to discuss the problems of the ethnic minorities in Kyrgyzstan. On Tuesday, Ekeus attended a conference devoted to the processes of integration within the post-Soviet Kyrgyz society and the problems of education in the multi-ethnic country. The conference was held in Osh.
Also, Ekeus met with the Kyrgyz Ombudsman, Tursunbai Bakir-Uulu in the Kyrgyz capital city Bishkek today.