Uzbek MFA Statement on Refugees

by Nathan Hamm on 8/1/2005

Boy is the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs livid over the evacuation of refugees from Kyrgyzstan. So mad, in fact, that they have released a statement that plays fast and loose with the facts.

On 28-29 July 2005, UNHCR structures in Kyrgyzstan, in violation of all procedures and norms of international law and decisions of UNO, carried out a so-called humanitarian evacuation from the territory of Kyrgyzstan of some 440 citizens of Uzbekistan, which crossed the border during the tragic events in Andijan on 12-13 May and stayed on the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

All preparatory work and the action itself were held in the conditions of secrecy, with the public and the media not allowed to them.

I don’t think I really need to check relevant international law to assume that the first paragraph is pretty much entirely made up. (Actually, since the destination of the refugees has been announced, their legal protest appears baseless.) As for the secrecy… It was so damned secret that though the media wasn’t allowed in, we got pictures.

The MFA goes on,

The country where the above said citizens of Uzbekistan were taken has not been named officially and remains unknown until now.

So unknown that loads of news stories and the top story at the UNHCR website are clearly mentioning that the refugees are in the hidden-away and mist-shrouded mysterious land of Romania.

The MFA goes on to say that the refugees were under no pressure, some had returned of their own volition, and that they face no persecution back in Uzbekistan.

But, I’m afraid they protest too much. Left unsaid is why the Uzbek government is so concerned with keeping the refugees so close to home. Is it simply that their evacuation is an enormous blow to the reputation of the government or something more?

And this is rich.

Today, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan has all grounds to state that, as official figures of Kyrgyzstan state, foreign forces showed an “unprecedented pressure” on the leadership and law-enforcement organs of the country…

Of course, no one* is allowed to push around the Kyrgyz government. That’s just mean. *Excepting Russia, China, and Uzbekistan

The Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan considers all this as an inadmissible rude interference of foreign forces in the attempt to play the card of the so-called “Uzbek refugees” and to continue the unannounced information attack, which, like the “Andijan operation” itself, was planned before the tragic events of 13 May in Andijan.

Wow, it took all the way to the second to last paragraph before the MFA descended into paranoia. I tell you, this Andijon conspiracy must be one of the most complicated and nefarious plots ever developed. Poor, poor victimized Uzbekistan just trying to make its way in the world and being manhandled in an information war. I’m sure that we’ll learn all the details once The Protocols of the Elders of the UNHCR/NATO/UN/EU/US/UK surfaces. It’s only a matter of time.

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