Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Uzbekistan Route

It looks like the U.S. and Uzbekistan are getting along better these days:
"On April 3, after protracted negotiations, the U.S. and Uzbekistan finally signed a crucial agreement on the transit of non-military cargo to Afghanistan. This allows the U.S. to ship supplies including food, building and medical materials through Uzbek territory by rail, road and air. Agreed in the context of President Obama's the new strategy for Afghanistan, and ongoing efforts to secure additional support for the mission from amongst European NATO allies and a more 'international' approach towards the issue of Afghanistan, while Washington responded to the announced closure of the U.S. base at Manas. Tashkent, evaluating these developments, has now moved center stage in Central Asia's efforts to contribute to the stabilization of Afghanistan, completing its rapprochement with Washington (RIA Novosti, April 3)."

The right between Washington and Tashkent was not, incidentally, the result of Bush-era unilateralism so much as the general Western criticism of the 2005 Andijon Massacre.

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