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President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan said any independent international investigation of Andizhan riots was out of the question
This was disclosed after Islam Karimov's phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Louise Arbour said that Karimov and Annan had discussed the possibility of an international investigation of mass riots in Andizhan. According to Arbour, Karimov rejected her initiative, noting that a trip to Andizhan that had been organized by the Uzbek Government for foreign journalists and diplomats on Wednesday was enough to clarify the situation. Gunmen seized a prison and several administrative buildings in Andizhan. The attack took place in the early hours of May 13. Uzbek troops subsequently entered the city, which has a population of 300,000. They stormed the regional administration building, ejecting the attackers. On May 14 all-out riots spread to Kara-Su city that borders on Kyrgyzstan. Several administrative buildings, including a prosecutor's office, a police station and a tax inspectorate were burned down. The rioters did not voice any political demands at all. Talking to journalists at a May 17 press conference, President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan said that 169 people had been killed in the clashes. One police officer later died in hospital. At the same time, independent sources, including journalists and human-rights activists, claim that many hundreds had perished. Clashes in Andizhan and Kara-Su caused Uzbek refugees to flee into Kyrgyzstan. On May 14 more than 500 people broke through a border-line cordon near Teshik-Tash in Kyrgyzstan's Dzhalal-Abad region. A refugee camp was established there.
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