Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 37

President Islam Karimov stated yesterday that Uzbekistan as a "nonaligned" state rules out joining any bloc. Specifically, he expressed "disagreement with certain leaders" who seek to transform the CIS into a political-military alliance. At the same time, Karimov anticipated that Uzbekistan will intensify its cooperation with NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, including joint military exercises — an activity he termed "promising." Uzbekistan also aspires to "integration" with the European Union and other international organizations, Karimov asserted. He was speaking at a meeting with Latvian president Guntis Ulmanis in Tashkent. Karimov also endorsed Latvia’s bid to join NATO — an alliance which does not threaten anyone, Karimov said, implicitly distancing himself from Moscow on this point as well. (Interfax, BNS, February 20)

The Monitor is a publication of the Jamestown Foundation. It is researched and written under the direction of senior analysts Jonas Bernstein, Vladimir Socor, Stephen Foye, and analysts Ilya Malyakin, Oleg Varfolomeyev and Ilias Bogatyrev. If you have any questions regarding the content of the Monitor, please contact the foundation. If you would like information on subscribing to the Monitor, or have any comments, suggestions or questions, please contact us by e-mail at, by fax at 301-562-8021, or by postal mail at The Jamestown Foundation, 4516 43rd Street NW, Washington DC 20016. Unauthorized reproduction or redistribution of the Monitor is strictly prohibited by law. Copyright (c) 1983-2002 The Jamestown Foundation Site Maintenance by Johnny Flash Productions