EU Ultimatum to Uzbekistan

by Nathan Hamm on 6/15/2005

The EU has given Uzbekistan until the end of the month to agree to an international investigation of the Andijon uprising.

“The Council (EU ministers) urges the Uzbek authorities to reconsider their position by the end of June 2005,” the ministers were quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement.

They said EU services would follow closely the situation in Uzbekistan and “they will keep under review the case for a partial suspension of cooperation mechanisms between the EU and Uzbekistan”.

The statement added that any EU measures would be meant to spare the Uzbek population, which could mean that the bloc was considering a freeze in diplomatic ties or a travel ban for government officials rather than trade sanctions.

I doubt they’ll find much success.

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