NATO-Uzbek Relationship Under Review

by Nathan Hamm on 6/9/2005

Uzbekistan failed to appear at today’s NATO ministerial meeting. Prior commitments and all…

NATO is reconsidering its relationship with Uzbekistan, which may mean that the German base at Termez will be closed if a suitable replacement can be found.

“Using the bases is useful from an operational point of view but we are keeping our relationship with Uzbekistan under review,” a NATO official was quoted by Reuters as saying. “If there are some problems, we’ll look at alternatives.”

So far NATO has stopped short of threatening to suspend its “partnership for peace” accord with Tashkent, an arrangement it has with several other ex-Soviet states.

However, following the killings in Andijan, NATO has already postponed some seminars and other meetings with Uzbekistan to make the point it was not business as usual.

NATO also said it will discuss with Russia putting pressure on Uzbekistan to allow an inquiry into the Andijon killings.


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