Embassy Evac Update

by Nathan Hamm on 6/5/2005 · 4 comments

David Walther sent an update on the embassy situation in Tashkent:

  • All of the families and much of the staff is leaving
  • David and his source say that it’s being characterized as voluntary in the interests of keeping the US-Uzbek relationship from further deteriorationg. (I suppose to keep it from looking like a protest move, but that’s just my two cents.)
  • Word is that in addition to Israel and the US, several other embassies are removing families and non-essential staff. Do not expect them to announce it.

I know there’s been some skepticism about this because there’s been no statement made about it. But, to reiterate, there’s some background worth considering. My evacuation was an open secret in 2001. There was no announcement and no confirmation. The evacuation of the most recent Peace Corps group was not announced. I heard a very difficult to explain story at dinner last night about the Tashkent embassy’s surprisingly good ability to keep open secrets from getting around. The State Department has evacuated other embassies in other locations without mentioning it at all.

So, feel free to believe the news or not, but keep in mind it certainly makes sense in light of the much stronger than usual travel warning that was just issued.

More background here and here.

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JP June 6, 2005 at 12:13 pm

I just got an email from a former PC UZ staff in UZ who said the last of the UZ PCVs left country early monday morning. Damn shame! She had called the UZ PC office and gotten the confirmation.

Nathan June 6, 2005 at 12:17 pm


TC June 7, 2005 at 2:56 pm

Let’s call a spade a spade, the US is scaling back its entire mission. But ture to form, they’re treating Tito Karimov with kid gloves, inspite of the fact that he has no qualms of telling the Americans to piss off. Things are only going to get worse in Uzbekistan. It’s just so devestating to think about it right now.

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