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U.S. MISSION TO THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN
EUROPE
Vienna, Austria
August 24, 2000
STATEMENT ON THE INCURSIONS IN CENTRAL ASIA
DELIVERED BY AMBASSADOR DAVID T. JOHNSON TO THE PERMANENT COUNCIL,
VIENNA
The United States condemns the incursions into Uzbekistan and
Kyrgyzstan and regrets the loss of life that has ensued. We renew our
general condemnation of terrorism and politically motivated violence
in all its forms.
We recognize the rights of the Governments of Uzbekistan and
Kyrgyzstan to defend their sovereignty and territorial integrity
against armed incursion. We urge the Governments to minimize
casualties and to take steps to ensure the protection of civilians, in
accordance with OSCE norms and standards, the OSCE Code of Conduct,
and generally recognized principles of international law.
We understand that the Tajik Government is assisting Uzbekistan in
securing its side of the border. Other Central Asian states have also
reportedly taken extra measures to improve their border security and
have expressed willingness to help the Uzbek Government. The
Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met
in Bishkek on August 20 to further their efforts in this respect.
We welcome this approach and the openness of the Central Asian states
to work together to address this problem.
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