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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, Jul 31, 2005.
"Relations deteriorated when Kyrgyzstan, under pressure from the West, allowed the United Nations to fly 439 Andijan refugees to Romania, pending resettlement in a third country. The US supported the move and called for another 15 refugees, being held in custody, to be allowed to leave the country.
Uzbekistan says that many of the refugees are escaped convicts or Islamic extremists and wants them returned to face trial. The refugees say that they will face torture and possibly death at the hands of Uzbekistans notoriously brutal police and security services.
President Islam Karimov has ruled his nation of 26 million people since 1989 by jailing political opponents and banning religious activity outside state-controlled institutions. The brutality of his regime was highlighted last year by Craig Murray, the former British ambassador, who was recalled after accusing London and Washington of tacitly condoning the use of torture in Uzbek prisons.
The issue came to a head on May 13 when Uzbek forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in Andijan after armed rebels occupied government buildings and stormed a prison. The Government says that 187 people were killed, mostly Islamic extremists, but witnesses and human rights groups say that up to 750 unarmed civilians were killed.
When Washington backed calls for an international inquiry, Uzbekistan placed restrictions on K2, banning night flights and heavy cargo planes.
US withdrawal from K2 would also alter the strategic balance with China and Russia, which has military bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan."
Is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization the new Warsaw Pact?
Well, this seemed like a long time coming. The geopolitical balance is definitely shifting. This all seems suspiciously like a new great game for Central Asian gas and Caspian oil. Russia-China aren't doing so badly with their hand. The strategy of proping up dictators who will do their own dirty work certainly seems easier than invading and installing new regimes. Which strategy will work better in the long run remains to be seen.