Continuing Coverage

by Nathan Hamm on 7/15/2004 · 2 comments

From Interfax:

Uzbek President Islam Karimov wants to develop relations with the U.S., a presidential administration source told Interfax on Thursday.

“We stand for the comprehensive development of relations with the United States. This meets the national interests of Uzbekistan,” Karimov said at a Wednesday meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Elizabeth Jones.

The CSM has some new, but not unexpected info,

Uzbekistan’s state media have not announced the US move.

“I think that up to now nobody here has heard about the decision,” says Uzbek political analyst Marina Pikulina. Far more relevant to everyday Uzbeks, she says, are the recent warming of relations with Russia. “Our business community was very glad about that, because they hope the borders will be opened up.”

Via comes two pieces form Vremya Novostei–a story on Undersecretary Jones’s visit and an analytical piece.

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praktike July 15, 2004 at 1:40 pm

That Arkady Dobnov (who wrote the second piece) seems on the mark to me.

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