“Reason Prevails When Ambitions Are Removed”
The visit of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev to Uzbekistan is not in itself a separate event, but a logical continuation of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s state visit to Kyrgyzstan, the continuation of the implementation of the agreements reached there. Such was the comment provided by the Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov on the outcomes of last week’s talks of the two leaders in Tashkent.
And what is the major result of the state visit of Kyrgyzstan’s President to Uzbekistan?
According to A. Kamilov, the outcomes of the visit are very significant. “One can single out three most important documents. The first is the absolute completion of the delimitation of state borders. Our parliaments have ratified the corresponding agreement. During the visit, a protocol was signed and the instruments of ratification was exchanged. It was noted that the entire formal process was completed and the document took effect.
President of Uzbekistan: Could someone imagine that 85% of the state border we have delimitated? … Parliaments have already ratified the agreement within such a short period of time. Had there been no political will, would we have achieved this? Never! There would be many questions, as always, many reasons for both experts and parliamentarians.” President of Kyrgyzstan: “I see and I hope that by December 1, we will sign the remaining 217 km of the state border, especially 40 kilometers of which have already been coordinated... Each checkpoint that used to be closed for years … how wonderful it is when it opens.”
The second important point is a new accord on confidence-building measures at the border and in the border areas. Earlier we could not sign it, as it was necessary to create certain conditions and to reach serious deals beforehand. As, for example, the signing of the agreement on the delimitation of our borders. And, as President Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev said unequivocally, “our frontiers, from the border of problems and confrontations, have turned into a border of peace, cooperation and mutual assistance and support.” This is a very great achievement in bilateral relations.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “We have no remaining problems at all. In fact, there are lots of issues, but owing to the political will of the two leaders we have found compromises. There are issues outstanding, but they are solvable.”
And the third document, which I would like to draw attention to in terms of our interaction in the field of security, is an agreement reached between the defense ministries of the two countries. This is also a new deal, we have been preparing it for a long time, and I hope it will help to cement cooperation on this front even more.”
President of Uzbekistan: “I will honestly tell you: we are talking about military cooperation for the first time. Life itself demands, and we are meeting it since it is alarming today around the region and in the global world.”
Assessing the results of the visit, one cannot but pay attention to the fact that several important documents having a trans-boundary connotation are virtually unlimited in time frames. Simply put, emphasis is placed on the continuity of bilateral relations. In this regard, the Foreign Minister stressed: “This applies to the use of the Kasansay reservoir basin. This issue has always been on the agenda. It’s been a source of great misunderstanding and a lot of problems. We’ve addressed it with due regard for the interests of both sides, and neither side is left to lose. The mere fact of sharing the water resources of this basin indefinitely in the interests of both countries means that we will really build our relations on a solid long-term basis.”
Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “Leaders come and go, but the peoples remain in place.”
According to the head of the Foreign Ministry A. Kamilov, the political outcome of all the meetings and negotiations during the visits of Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Kyrgyzstan and Almazbek Atambayev to Uzbekistan “is first and foremost a notable consolidation of mutual trust and the creation of a powerful legal basis for further advancement. And all this has been possible owing to the firm political will of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and, of course, the reciprocal movement of our Kyrgyz friends towards the implementation of such a friendly policy.
The culmination of all meetings, negotiations, signed documents was the achievement by the countries of the level of strategic partnership. The signed Declaration on Strategic Partnership, Consolidation of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Confidence between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic opens up extensive opportunities for establishing interaction in very important areas.”
President of Uzbekistan: “We signed the Declaration on Strategic Partnership, Consolidation of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Confidence between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. All this is based on the needs, desires and aspirations of our peoples. We, as leaders, are going to have these wishes fulfilled.” President of Kyrgyzstan: “Today is one of the happiest days in my life, because we are doing what our peoples are waiting for.”
The documents signed and agreements reached during the visit create an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs of the two nations. Indicative of this was the outcome of the business forum held in Tashkent. As chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan Adham Ikramov noted, over the past year, entrepreneurs of our countries have significantly increased the level of interaction, including through participation in exhibitions organized on the territory of our states. “I will cite an example: only after visiting three exhibitions organized in Bishkek and Osh by Uzbek entrepreneurs in September this year, 60 contracts worth more than $28 million were signed. Special attention should be paid to the event related to the resumption of activities of the border-customs post Kosonsoy between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan on September 21 this year in the Namangan region.”
For the year of 2016, commodity turnover amounted to 167.5 million US dollars, and for the first half of this year it already reached $ 146.7 million, an increase of 60% compared to the same period last year.
We are deeply convinced that the goal set by our Presidents - to bring the trade turnover between our states to $ 500 million - will be achieved in the very near future, and today all the prerequisites are there for this.”
Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “There are already concrete developments in this area. We are satisfied with the results of the joint business forum and the exhibition of products of our enterprises that were held today for the first time in many years.”
At the business forum, special emphasis was placed on boosting the volume of trade and creating joint production capacities, and the parties agreed on the intensification of direct contacts between regions and entrepreneurs of the two countries. Between the hokimiyat of Ferghana city and the Batken municipality, as well as the Namangan hokimiyat and the Jalal-Abad mayor’s office, agreements were signed on cooperation in the trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.