Uzbekistan Staying Out Of CSTO

by Nathan Hamm on 12/28/2005

Interfax reports that Uzbekistan is staying out of the CSTO, and it sounds like the CSTO wishes it would reconsider.

Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said that Uzbekistan is not planning to join the organization.

“As of today, Uzbekistan has not sent any request to join the organization,” Bordyuzha said at a press conference at Interfax on Wednesday.

Uzbekistan is a large country without which it is difficult to guarantee security in the region, he said.

Should Uzbekistan join the CSTO, “this would help in solving the issue,” he said.

Uzbekistan was one of the founding members of the CSTO but left in 1999. Given the direction of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy of late, one would expect the Uzbeks to have already rejoined the organization.

Perhaps Uzbekistan is hedging its bets in its latest foreign policy realignment and avoiding getting too entangled in new (or meaningless as some critics might point out when it comes to the CSTO) defense agreements. Or maybe it’s just a matter of time.

By the way, there’s a good write-up on the CSTO at the Conflict Studies Research Centre.

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