Uzbek Foreign Ministry Response

by Nathan Hamm on 3/22/2005 · 2 comments

From UzA:

22.03.2005 23:27

Below is the full text of the statement issued by the Foreign Ministyr of Uzbekistan on 22 March.

People of Uzbekistan, which is a close neighbor of Kyrgyzstan, are concerned with the events happening in Kyrgyzstan, especially in its southern regions, in connection with the parliamentary elections of 27 February and 13 March.

From the very start of the preparation and holding the elections in Kyrgyzstan, the Uzbek side adhered to a firm position that any elections at any level are internal affairs of each separate country, and that they should be held in full accordance with the acting Constitution and laws of this country.

Voters are the main protagonists in any elections, and deputies at all levels should be elected according to their free will, without any external interference or pressure. Arguments and disagreements, dissatisfaction of separate political and public forces with the election results should be solved in the framework of a constructive dialogue, in the legal framework, based on procedures established by the laws of Kyrgyzstan in full compliance with the acting Constitution.

People in Uzbekistan, where more than 100 nations and nationalities live side by side, have always understood the historical closeness of the two brotherly people – Kyrgyz and Uzbek, which are united by commonness of our spiritual values and religion, customs and traditions, language and culture.

Today, all of us living on this ancient land are equally interested in solving all controversies and problems in a peaceful way, excluding any external interference, preserving the most important that we have – peace and stability in the region, tranquility in our families.

We in Uzbekistan are convinced in one thing: no matter which hardships and barriers the people of Kyrgyzstan face, they have overcome and will overcome today these tests with honor and dignity, preserve sociopolitical stability, will not surrender to provocative calls and possible actions of destructive forces, in the first place, the third forces which can use the situation to increase controversy within the Kyrgyz society, sow chaos and international discord.

We believe in the wisdom and firm will of the Kyrgyz people to build for themselves a decent future, independent, prospering and democratic Kyrgyzstan.

City of Tashkent,
22 March 2005

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Sepra March 22, 2005 at 3:46 pm

Typical Uzbek government stuff. All about the freedom of the people to make choices when in all actuality, everyone in Uzbekistan knows that every election there is rigged.

I really hope that this doesn’t mean that there will be a severe crackdown in Uzbekistan.

Interestingly enough, I asked a friend of mine what she thought about the Orange Revolution and she said that she heard that Yuschenko was for a return to soviet style while Yanukovych was for the west. I have no idea if she was just confused or if that’s what the news was saying in Uzbekistan.

If that’s the case, who knows what they know about Kyrgyzstan.

Laurence March 22, 2005 at 5:20 pm

I’m no expert, but I’d interpret this government statement to mean that Uzbekistan reserves the right to act militarily in Kyrgyzstan to preserve stability in the region and protect ethnic Uzbeks. Uzbekistan did send troops to Tajikistan during that civil war.

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