Congress Considering Resolution on Uzbekistan

by Nathan Hamm on 6/29/2005

RIA Novosti reports on the resolution that, as far as short-term diplomacy is concerned, is worth passing.

The U.S. House of Representatives considered a resolution Tuesday on military and financial aid for Uzbek democratic reforms and an independent investigation into the uprising in the southern city of Andijan.

An official with the U.S. House of Representatives Secretariat said the resolution would be voted on Thursday.

The resolution states that U.S. President George W. Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice should stipulate an independent international investigation of violence in Andijan as a “condition for diplomatic cooperation and security assistance.”

According to the resolution, Rumsfeld and Rice should take into account human rights issue in Uzbekistan and the implementation of political reforms, while determining the scale and type of assistance possible within the framework of political and military cooperation with Uzbekistan.

The resolution says the U.S. should verify that assistance would not be provided to security forces involved in human-rights violations and the violence in Andijan.

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