With the riots and mass killings going on in southern Kyrgyzstan, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) had an emergency meeting in Moscow to decide what to do to solve the problem. Out of many options, CSTO, an alliance between former Soviet republics, decided to let the government of Kyrgyzstan deal with the problem, however, they do plan to send supplies to help them do so.
CSTO Secretary General, Nikolai Bordyuzha, said that the government of Kyrgyzstan had “sufficient manpower but lacks special gear and equipment,” to solve the problem. The government lacks supplies, such as, ground transportation, helicopters, equipment and they don’t even have fuel. The government of Kyrgyzstan wanted CSTO intervention, but because of many options and circumstances they opted to indirect help.
The unrest has been going on since early April and mass attacks by Kyrgyz mobs on ethnic Uzbek villages has resulted in as many as 126 deaths, also leaving 150,000 homeless in refugee camps. The unrest has prompted CSTO to be careful how they insert themselves in the problem. If Russia, the larger power in the alliance, were to send troops into the south to intervene this could lead to an invasion of Kyrgyzstan by the Uzbeks. The invasion could lead to war between the two countries and Russia does not want that.
Other options could potentially have CSTO send its troops to intervene or have international intervention by either the United Nations of the United States. The Uzbeks would most likely prefer the troops from the CSTO because they are under higher rules and the Uzbeks would have a better say in the peace keeping talks.
-By Jamie Bowen