Uzbek Commission Releases Preliminary Andijan Report

by Laurence on 6/22/2005 · 4 comments


On the same day that Uzbeks marked the 40th day of mourning, an Uzbek parliamentary commission revealed the preliminary findings of its investigation into the events in Andijon. The Uzbek parliament is composed of members of five parties that have officially declared their support for President Karimov.

Commission head Mukhammadilkhon Yuldashev said that what he called the “mutiny” in Andijon was planned outside the country in advance. Yuldashev said the organizers aimed to eventually overthrow the government and seize power.

“The armed action was carefully planned and coordinated, supported from abroad…aiming at a takeover of power in the region, with further destabilization of the situation in the rest of Uzbekistan and Central Asia as a whole,” the commission said in a statement issued late yesterday. The commission offered no evidence.

Yuldashev also said the investigation had uncovered negligence and irresponsibility on the part of some officials. Yuldashev did not say which officials. And he said another group of foreign diplomats would soon be allowed to visit Andijon.

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Nathan June 22, 2005 at 3:54 pm

Unsurprisingly, it sounds like nothing’s changed from their last report. But, I guess since the answer was decided before the question could even be asked, that’s not unexpected.

Mukhtar June 22, 2005 at 6:35 pm

I’m surprised the official GOU Commission didn’t blame aliens bent on conquering Earth for the unrest in Andijon. Karimov should be nominated (as Nazarbayev has – it’s free, and anyone can do it) for the Nobel Peace Prize. After all, he’s saved the world from the Hizb-uh-Tahrir / Taliban / Sendero Luminoso / Hitlerite / Manson family UFO menace!

jonathan p June 23, 2005 at 3:05 am

Man, if that’s all the supposed “terrorrists” could muster after so much “planning” outside the country, then nobody’s got a thing to worry about. Their carefully planning and coordination must have overlooked the US-trained orphan commando units Karimov was gonna sic on em.

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