“Rea­son Pre­vails When Am­bi­tions Are Re­moved”

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

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.

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