Niyazov-Karimov Meeting

by Nathan Hamm on 11/19/2004 · 1 comment

There is not too much to say about the meeting between Islam Karimov and Saparmurat Niyazov beyond that the meeting suggests that Uzbek-Turkmen relations have improved a great deal or that a bilateral issue became pressing enough to require a meeting.

Perhaps it is a little bit of both. The two leaders discussed water issues and the shared Kokdamaluk oilfield.

Nothing too exciting here, but Turkmenbashi did try to allay concerns about his plan to divert water from the Amu Daryo for the creation of Lake Turkmen.

Outsiders fear it may put ecological pressure on an already damaged area, but President Niyazov says the project has been carefully thought through.


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Asrorbek November 19, 2004 at 4:38 pm

According to BBC News:
“Our Uzbek friends and Turkmen citizens residing at the border may sleep quietly and shouldn’t worry about tomorrow”
-Saparmyrat Niyazov
President of Turkmenistan

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