PRAVDA: U.S. officials meet with terrorists

by Laurence on 6/24/2005 · 3 comments

Pravda weighs in on apparent US support for Mohammed Salikh:

Representatives of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an organization included in the list of the most dangerous terrorist organization by U.S. Department of State, are expected to meet with senior Bush administration officials during their visit to Washington from June 27 to June 30. Washington Post reported last week that Salai Madaminov who goes under the name of Mohammed Salih, chairman of the Democratic Erk Party of Uzbekistan, a leading figure of the Uzbek opposition, will visit Washington at the end of June. Mr. Salih already received a U.S. visa. He hopes to meet with senior Bush administration officials to “describe” the situation in Uzbekistan. It is quite noteworthy that Mr. Salih is actually a staff representative of Islamic extremists.

Pravda apparently got its story from a Russian website called dni.ru.

UPDATE: Here’s the Tribune.Uz story on the same theme. It says that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice met with Human Rights Watch staff to discuss Uzbekistan policy:

Karimov’s government has curtailed US military flights at the Uzbek base in response to the Bush administration criticism, but Rice promised rights groups on 14 June not to ease up on calls for an international investigation of the Andijan massacre.

“I told her that the State Department approach was absolutely right, but they’re being completely undercut by the Pentagon, and the Uzbeks are playing them,” said Tom Malinowski, the Washington director for Human Rights Watch. “She looked me in the eye and said, ‘We will not let Karimov play us.'”

These quotes seem to come from a Washington Post story, dated June 15th, about President Bush meeting with dissidents from a number of different countries. Here’s the Post’s key reference to Uzbekistan, that apparently got Pravda and Tribune.Uz interested:

A test of the extent of Bush’s commitment to this hands-on approach could come in the next two weeks when Mohammed Salih, chairman of the Democratic Erk Party of Uzbekistan, a leading opponent of the Central Asian government, visits Washington. The Bush administration has been torn over how forcefully to respond to the recent massacre of hundreds of protesters in the Uzbek city of Andijan, with the State Department pushing for a firm repudiation and the Pentagon resisting for fear of jeopardizing its base there.


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jonathan p June 26, 2005 at 12:10 am

Laurence, as far as I have heard, Solih has not had an audience with any high level members of the Bush admin.
He did meet with some Senators.

Your info on him being a terrorist or a rep of IMU comes straight from the Karimov propaganda machine. (Parroted by the Putin propaganda machine.)

The Post story implies that Solih is a member of the moderate democratic opposition.

(Do I sound like a propaganda machine myself?!?!) 😉

How do you then write “US officials meet with terrorists” in your headline? Please be a bit more objective.

You have yet to explain your apparent aversion to Solih. Care to?

jonathan p June 26, 2005 at 12:12 am

Looks like I was rude. Sorry. No offense intended.

And it looks like you did attribute the line “US meets with terrorists” to Pravda. My bad.

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