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Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres has sent a message of thanks to President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev on August 7.

Guterres expressed deep gratitude to Atambayev, the government and the people of Kyrgyzstan for the warm welcome of the delegation during a recent visit to Bishkek and Osh. “Kyrgyzstan is a unique country, and I believe that our cooperation has already brought great benefits to the Kyrgyz people. I am grateful that we were able to exchange views on regional cooperation and common problems. In this regard, I urge you to continue your cooperation with the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia. Preventive diplomacy is always the most effective tool for finding solutions to the most contentious issues,” the message said. “I recall visiting Osh as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, when communities struggled to cope with the consequences of the tragic events of June 2010. During my recent visit, I was very pleased to personally evaluate the results of your efforts to reconcile the parties. I am also grateful for the opportunity to take part in the ceremony of laying wreaths at the monument “Tears of Mothers,” said in the message.

Guterres also expressed gratitude for generous hospitality. “I also recall the fascinating discussion about the history of Altai and Kyrgyz during lunch, which you kindly held in my honor,” the message said.

According to the UN Secretary General, Kyrgyzstan is an important partner of the UN. “Your leadership and commitment to the work of the Organization is highly appreciated, and I look forward to further strengthening our cooperation,” Guterres added.

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