U.N. Secretary General Urges Probe Into Ethnic Clashes

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Kyrgyzstan on Thursday to hold an impartial investigation into ethnic clashes that killed over 400 people five years ago and still divide the nation. Nearly 2,000 houses were also destroyed in five days of clashes in June 2010 between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in and around the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a July 2012 statement that about 75 of those killed were ethnic Uzbeks, who also comprise about 77 percent of those arrested and charged with crimes relating to the violence.