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25-05-05, 08:13
Uzbek leader seeks China support

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has begun an official visit to China, his first foreign trip since a bloody crackdown on protesters at home.

China is one of the few countries to have backed Mr Karimov's handling of protests in eastern Andijan on 13 May.

Uzbek officials say 170 people they called Islamic extremists died, but witnesses say at least 500 were killed.

China on Wednesday reiterated its own crackdown on alleged Muslim militants, in the far west province of Xinjiang.

"Over a long period of time... forces have sought to carry out separatist and harmful activities in Xinjiang that are aimed at splitting Xinjiang from China's big family of nationalities," said the state-run Xinjiang Daily.

"We must continue to maintain our 'strike hard, high pressure' posture in the anti-separatism struggle and maintain the policy of initiating the attack and striking whenever and wherever they appear," it said.

Mr Karimov has turned down calls for an international inquiry into reports that troops shot at unarmed civilians.

Most populous central Asian former Soviet republic, home to 26m people
Ruled since 1991 independence by autocrat Islam Karimov
Accused by human rights groups of serious abuses, including torture
Rocked by violence in capital Tashkent in 2004
Government says radical Islamic groups behind violence

US state department spokesman Richard Boucher said on Tuesday that the US and other countries were "increasingly organised and increasingly persistent" in their demands for an investigation.

Uzbek authorities say 52 people remain in custody.

Andijan's chief prosecutor said on national television that the group was being held on suspicion of organising terror and bandit attacks.

Those in detention include Saidjahan Zainabiddinov - a well-known human rights activist who stayed close to Andijan's main square after the crackdown began, helping journalists and telephoning foreign embassies.

China said on Tuesday it agreed with President Karimov's use of force.

"We firmly support the crackdown on the three forces of separatism, terrorism and extremism by the Uzbekistan government," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan told a news conference in Beijing.

"We support the efforts by the Uzbekistan government to stabilise the domestic situation and to engage in national development."

The Uzbek leader is due to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during his visit, which ends on Friday.
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Published: 2005/05/25 11:23:27 GMT

25-05-05, 08:35
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25-05-05, 18:15
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Diqqette bolghininglargha rehmet.Hormet bilen Jing "Adash"tin.

25-05-05, 20:43
May 25, 2005

Sourse: Associated Press /By Burt Herman/
Uploaded/Updated: 05/25/2005 14:15:59

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Making his first trip abroad since a bloody crackdown on protesters, Uzbek President Islam Karimov left yesterday on a visit to China, which has provided a rare note of support for the authoritarian Central Asian leader.

Karimov, who has rebuffed international calls for an independent inquiry into the May 13 bloodshed, apparently looked to his trip to underline that China is on his side. Yesterday, Beijing said it "firmly" backed his actions in crushing anti-government demonstrators.

China is eager to tap into Central Asia's energy resources, and it has watched warily since the United States deployed troops to the region, including at an Uzbek base, after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Beijing also wants stability in the former Soviet states of Central Asia, a region that China — like Russia — considers a tinderbox of Islamic militancy that could spread to its own territory.

The Chinese and Uzbek governments said Karimov's visit was planned long before the May 13 uprising in the eastern Uzbek town of Andijan.

Western governments criticized Karimov for using force to put down the uprising. But China and Russia have been more supportive of Karimov's decision to act after armed men seized government buildings and broke into a jail to free 23 businessmen accused of Islamic extremism.

Uzbek officials said 169 people — mainly militants — were killed in Andijan. But rights activists said hundreds of protesters died and insisted many were unarmed civilians who were only voicing their opposition to Karimov's government and anger over economic woes.

An Uzbek activist, former physician Gulbakhor Turayeva, said yesterday that she saw about 500 bodies in the yard of an Andijan school the day after the violence. She said she counted 400 bodies before guards chased her away and she estimated there were 100 more. She said most of the dead were men.

Turayeva said another activist, whom she declined to identify, reported seeing 50 bodies, mostly women and children, at a college building on the same day. Other residents said some bodies were buried secretly in several sites outside Andijan, she said.

However, corroborating official claims of violence by protesters, Turayeva said she had seen demonstrators hurling rocks at the city prosecutor, Ganidjon Abdurakhimov, as he sought to calm tensions before troops moved in. She said Abdurakhimov apparently was killed by stones.

NATO and the European Union have called for an independent investigation, but Karimov has resisted.

Uzbek officials failed to show up yesterday as foreign ministers and officials from NATO nations and 20 of their neighbors to the east began two days of discussions about stability in the Euro-Asian region. Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds, the host, said Karimov's government gave no reason for withdrawing.

The United States also has criticized the crackdown and said it hopes for more democracy in Uzbekistan. But China and Russia are lined up on the other side.

"We firmly support the efforts by the authorities of Uzbekistan to strike down the three forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said yesterday in Beijing.

Kong said China "supports the efforts by the Uzbekistan government to stabilize their domestic situation and their commitment to development of the country."

China stresses the importance of maintaining stability in Central Asia through the China-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organization, whose members include Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

The group set up an anti-terrorism center in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, although the move is viewed as largely symbolic.

China said ethnic Uighur separatists are fighting for an independent Islamic state in its western region of Xinjiang, about 120 miles from Andijan, and share Uzbekistan's Muslim religion and Turkic language roots. Foreign experts said Beijing is using the specter of terrorism as an excuse to tighten control there.

25-05-05, 20:43
May 25, 2005

Sourse: Reuters
Uploaded/Updated: 05/25/2005 15:25:05

BEIJING - China and Uzbekistan are expected to sign a deal for a $600 million oil joint venture during the visit of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Karimov told the People's Daily newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.

"During this visit, Uzbekneftegaz and China National Petroleum Corp will sign an agreement worth a total investment of $600 million to establish a joint venture," the state-run newspaper quoted Karimov as saying.

"This is an important step for energy cooperation between the two countries," he said.

China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, is hungry for new sources of energy to feed its economy, which has rapidly grown into the world's seventh-largest.

Karimov gave no further details in the interview, but Russia's Interfax news agency quoted Uzbekneftegaz official Shavkat Mazhitov last month as saying CNPC would invest the money in 23 oilfields in Uzbekistan in what would be a 50:50 joint venture.

Mazhitov said the venture would start with capital of $96 million and focus on oilfields in the region around Bukhara and Khiva.

Oil production in Uzbekistan fell 7.8 percent to 6.58 million tons, or 132,000 barrels per day, in 2004.

Uzbekistan has been grappling with unrest in the east of the country that has resulted in scores of deaths.

China, concerned about separatism among its Turkic-speaking Uighur minority, who are concentrated near its Central Asian borders, said on Tuesday it supported Karimov's government in what it called his crackdown on forces of separatism, terrorism and extremism.

25-05-05, 20:44
Death For The So Called China

milliy merkez
26-05-05, 17:09
'Özbekistan Andican'daki Geliþmeleri Gizliyor'


Ýnsan Haklarý Gözlem Örgütü, Özbek hükümetini, Andican kentindeki olaylarý gizlemeye çalýþmakla suçladý.

Merkezi Newyork’ta bulunan örgüt, hükümetin gerçek ölü sayýsýný örtbas etme çalýþtýðýný ileri sürüyor.

Görgü tanýklarýna göre, 13 Mayýs’ta askerlerin hükümet aleyhtarý göstericilerin üzerine ateþ açmasý sonucu en az 500 kiþi öldü .

Cumhurbaþkaný Ýslam Kerimov ise, olaylarý dincilerin ayaklanmasý olarak nitelemiþ, 32’si asker toplam 169 kiþinin öldüðünü ileri sürmüþtü.

Halen Çin’de bulunan Özbek Cumhurbaþkaný, olaylarla ilgili olarak uluslararasý soruþturma açýlmasý çaðrýlarýný da reddetmiþti.

Çin, Kerimov’un sertlik yanlýsý tutumunu destekleyen ender ülkelerden. Nedeni ise, Çinli yetkililerin, Doðu Türkistan’daki Uygur milliyetçilerin benzer ayaklanmalarýndan kaygý duymalarý.

Kerimov Pekin'de

Ýslam Kerimov ve Hu Jintao
Üç günlük resmi bir ziyaret için Pekin’e giden Kerimov, dün, Pekin’de 21 pare top atýþýyla karþýlandý. Kerimov, daha sonra, Cumhurbaþkaný Hu Jintao’yla, ikili iliþkiler ve her iki ülkeyi de ilgilendiren uluslararasý ve bölgesel sorunlarýn ele alýndýðý bir görüþme yaptý.

Özbek Cumhurbaþkaný bugün ise Çin’le bir dizi ticari anlaþma imzaladý. 14 antlaþmadan biri Özbekistan’ýn Çin’e 600 milyon Dolar tutarýnda petrol ve doðal gaz satmasýný öngörüyor.

Dýþiþleri Bakanlýðý sözcüsü Kong Quan, Çin'in Özbekistan'la her alanda iþbirliðini güçlendirmeye hazýr olduðunu söyledi.

Kong Quan, Pekin’de yaptýðý basýn toplantýsýnda, Orta Asya’nýn terörizm, bölücülük ve aþýrý uçlarýn tehditleriyle karþý karþýya bulunduðunu savundu; Çin ve Özbekistan'ýn bu tehlikelerle ortak mücadele etmesi gerektiðini söyledi. Kong Quan, her iki ülkenin siyaset, ekonomi, ticaret, eðitim, kültür, bilim, teknoloji ve gümrük alanlarýnda iþbirliði yapacaðýný, bölgenin barýþ ve istikrarýný korumak, geliþmesi ve refahýný artýrmak için de ortak çaba harcayacaklarýný vurguladý.

Pekin’de Kerimov’la görüþen Baþbakan Wen Jiabao ise, Çin-Özbek iliþkilerinin karþýlýklý saygý, eþitlik ve yarar ilkeleri doðrultusunda geliþtiðini, iki tarafýn önemli konularda anlayýþ içinde olduklarýný ifade etti. Özbek Cumhurbaþkaný Kerimov da, iki ülke arasýnda imzalanan Dostluk, Ýþbirliði ve Ortaklýk Ýliþkileri Anlaþmasý'nýn ikili iliþkilerin geliþmesi için büyük önem taþýdýðýný söyledi.

Özbekistan’ýn toplumsal karýþýklýklara sahne olan Andican kenti, Çin’in Sincan Özerk bölgesi, baþka bir deyiþle Doðu Türkistan yakýnlarýnda bulunuyor. Uluslararasý gözlemcilere göre yýllardýr baðýmsýzlýk yanlýsý Uygurlarý kontrol altýnda tutmaya çalýþan Çin, Özbekistan ve komþusu Kýrgýzistan’daki Ýslamcý hareketlerin topraklarýna sýçramasýndan ciddi kaygý duyuyor. Pekin hükümeti, Kerimov’un baskýcý rejimini destekleyerek hem bölücü unsurlara karþý bölgesel iþbirliðini artýrmaya, hem de petrol ithalatýný güvence altýna almaya çalýþýyor.