USINFO on US Uzbekistan Policy

by Nathan Hamm on 6/10/2005

USINFO has an interesting report on an internet chat with Kent Logsdon, deputy director of the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. State Department.

Logsdon said the United States has declined an invitation from the government of Uzbekistan to monitor its internal investigation into the events in Andijan. He said the United States has doubts about the independence of the Uzbek parliament’s investigation without “outside experts or guarantees of access to places and witnesses.”

“However, we have told the Uzbek government that we stand ready to participate in an independent, credible and transparent investigation in cooperation with international partners,” said Logsdon during the Internet chat, which was sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs.

Asked whether there is any consideration given to suspending investment in Uzbekistan, Logsdon said the United States is looking hard at its “assistance programs and cooperation in all areas of the bilateral relationship” but is not encouraging U.S. companies to stop investing in Uzbekistan.

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