Russia, NATO Split Over Uzbekistan
10 June 2005 -- Divisions have emerged between Russia and NATO over the recent unrest in Uzbekistan, with Russia opposing NATO-backed calls for an international inquiry into the shootings in Andijon.
"The situation in a number of regions in Asia and Middle East, where we can see an increase in radicalism and a further escalation of terrorism, is a cause of much concern," Ivanov said. "Indicative in this aspect are the recent events in Uzbekistan. According to the information we have, the events were inspired from the territory of Afghanistan."
Ivanov gave no further details, and no confirmation was available.
NATO has joined the United Nations, the European Union, and United States in calling for an independent international probe into the Andijon events.
The Uzbek government says 173 people were killed, including soldiers and militants, when troops opened fire to quell an uprising in Andijon. But international rights groups and local opposition political parties say the number of dead could be as high as 1,000 and could include unarmed civilians.
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