Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 25
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The only reasonable way out of the situation in Ukraine is to hold direct bilateral negotiations to find a compromise solution to the problems, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said on March 25 expressing the country's position on the situation in Ukraine and the Crimean issue.
Uzbekistan's attitude to the events in Ukraine set out in the statement of Jahon news agency dated March 4, 2014, remains unchanged.
Jahon's statement expressed hope to exercise maximum restraint and prudence for reaching an agreement between the parties involved in the conflict process in Ukraine as soon as possible.
"Based on the fundamental principles of the UN Charter and the international law, Uzbekistan strongly and consistently adheres to the position on the resolution of emerging international disputes by peaceful means, refraining from the threat of force or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state," the country's Foreign Ministry said.
These principal targets are reflected in the constitutional law 'On the Concept of Uzbekistan's foreign policy activities' which determines the main policy priorities of the country at the present stage. Uzbekistan adheres to these principles with respect to similar international problems and intends to continue to stick with them.
The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.
Most countries refused to recognize the referendum's results.
A change of power took place in Ukraine on Feb.22.
On March 18 Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.
The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25.
Yanukovych said he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state.
A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.