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27-02-05, 16:43
Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Support for Nazarbayev's 'Unity' Call

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have responded positively to the "Central Asia Unity" project offered by the Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev emphasized in his speech made in the parliament last week that Central Asian countries with rich natural resources should act together, or other countries will exploit the region as in the past. Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov responding the offer affirmatively announced that he agreed with Nazarbayev to form the unity. The Uzbek leader said in a telephone conversation that his country supports the Central Asia Unity. Furthermore, the Uzbek Foreign Minister Eler Ganiyev also determined that his country was open to that offer and announced that they should look into projects which could promote unity. Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akay! ev supported the offer by announcing his intention to form such a union in the future. Akayev wrote in his message, "Kyrgyzstan is the unchanged supporter of the unity offerings in the Central Asia."

In his speech, Nazarbayev said that common points among the Middle Asian countries were more than in the European Union (EU) members and went on: "Central Asia was one of the prominent trade centers until the end of the 15th century. After the closure of the Silk Road, Central Asia could not develop. Our region began to strengthen after independence and the reopening of the Silk Road. This attracted the attention of the prominent countries. We have some options now. These are becoming the biggest raw material producers in the world, waiting for another imperial power to come or to form a serious union in Central Asia. I prefer the final option."


27.02.2005
Rustem Abdulkadiroz, Cihan News Agency
Astana