Tuesday, May 17, 2005

No Requiem for the Dead

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Gradually, we are getting a clearer picture of the massacre as Uzbek security forces retook the city of Andijan.

The linked report gives a rather horrible picture of the immediate aftermath of the massacre.

We know from his own official bulletin that Uzbek President Kamirov had flown to the city, and that it was he who gave the orders to the security forces after attempts at talks with those that have taken posession of government buildings had broken down. He returned to Tasjkent when the mission was finished.

He will never be able to free himself of direct responsibility for what happened.

He should be treated by the international community accordingly.