Cen­tral Asia: Pre­req­ui­sites for Open­ness

How are de­vel­op­ments in Cen­tral Asia like? This ques­tion has been an­swered by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the United States in a sen­tence.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

The fact that there is no pres­sure from the US, and the di­a­logue is es­tab­lished at all lev­els, was con­firmed by the reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Work­ing Group on Se­cu­rity within the Cen­tral Asia + USA ( C5 + 1) for­mat of co­op­er­a­tion on 23 July 2018 in Tashkent. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all Cen­tral Asian na­tions and the United States of Amer­ica took part in it.

Se­cu­rity be­came the main topic of ne­go­ti­a­tions. The par­ties de­cided to boost co­op­er­a­tion in coun­ter­ing the threats of ex­trem­ism, ter­ror­ism, and in en­sur­ing bor­der se­cu­rity.

The cur­rent state and prospects of co­op­er­a­tion in the set­tle­ment of sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan were also dis­cussed. The meet­ing par­tic­i­pants noted that sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Cen­tral Asia is in­sep­a­ra­bly re­lated to the achieve­ment of peace and har­mony in the neigh­bor­ing Afghanistan.

The re­cent meet­ing in Kyr­gyzs­tan was a nat­u­ral con­tin­u­a­tion of ef­forts to de­velop mech­a­nisms for mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in Cen­tral Asia. For­eign min­is­ters of the Cen­tral Asian coun­tries gath­ered in Cholpon- Ata on 21 July 2018. The of­fi­cials also de­lib­er­ated on se­cu­rity is­sues, while spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance was at­tached to the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of trade and eco­nomic ties among the coun­tries of the re­gion, enhancement of the tran­sit and trans­port po­ten­tial of Cen­tral Asia. The Uzbek For­eign Min­is­ter Ab­du­laziz Kamilov in­vited the par­tic­i­pants of the event to take part in the work of the Re­gional Eco­nomic Fo­rum of Cen­tral Asian Coun­tries, sched­uled for Oc­to­ber later this year.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, the min­is­ters adopted a joint state­ment stress­ing the im­por­tance of the next con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing of the heads of Cen­tral Asian states in Tashkent in March 2019.

The state­ment wel­comes the achieved pos­i­tive dy­nam­ics in the process of in­ter­na­tional le­gal reg­is­tra­tion of state bor­ders among the coun­tries of the re­gion, am­pli­fi­ca­tion of in­ter- pro­vin­cial and cross- bor­der co­op­er­a­tion.

The par­ties noted the need to de­liver con­di­tions con­ducive for fur­ther­ing the trade and eco­nomic re­la­tions, to swell mu­tual trade, and ex­pressed the opin­ion that pro­mot­ing in­trare­gional in­vest­ment in­ter­ac­tion is im­por­tant for busi­ness ac­tiv­ity among the coun­tries of Cen­tral Asia.

The par­tic­i­pants con­firmed that the ex­pan­sion of the tran­sit pos­si­bil­i­ties of the re­gion will con­trib­ute to strength­en­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, de­vel­op­ing trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and launch­ing tran­sit freight traf­fic through trans­port com­mu­ni­ca­tions of the coun­tries in the re­gion.

The doc­u­ment also deals with the in­te­grated use of wa­ter and en­ergy re­sources in Cen­tral Asia, for this it is im­por­tant to de­velop sus­tain­able long- term mech­a­nisms for mu­tu­ally ad­van­ta­geous co­op­er­a­tion tak­ing into ac­count the in­ter­ests and needs of all the states of the re­gion.

The next meet­ing of the for­eign min­is­ters is due in Ta­jik­istan.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional En­dow­ment for Democ­racy Spatzka Hadzyn­ska: The on­go­ing pos­i­tive changes open up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for the enhancement of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion as much as for the di­a­logue be­tween Cen­tral Asia and the United States.

Con­gress­man Gre­gory Meeks: The coun­tries of the re­gion have made se­ri­ous progress in bol­ster­ing democ­racy, al­though a num­ber of un­re­solved prob­lems re­main, but the US should rather fo­cus on co­op­er­a­tion than pres­sure.

Con­gress­man Dana Rohrabacher: Over the past two years, there has been a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment trend in Cen­tral Asia.

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