Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 73

Col. Burkhardt Kuehnapfel, identified as German military attache in Tashkent, announced at a news conference there that the Bundeswehr is embarking on a long-term program to train Uzbek officers. The first trainees, including tank, artillery, signals, and air defense officers of junior and senior ranks up to deputy defense minister, are already attending courses in Hamburg, Munich, and elsewhere in Germany. According to Kuehnapfel, Bonn is considering sending Bundeswehr officers as advisers to Uzbek army units and technicians to service Uzbekistan’s MiG-29 aircraft. A German General Staff delegation is due to visit Uzbekistan this coming June. (Interfax, April 11)

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