Uzbek President: New integration unions in CIS may be politicised

Uzbek President: New integration unions in CIS may be politicised

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Dec. 13 / Trend D. Azizov /

Uzbek President Islam Karimov does not rule out the politicisation of the interstate associations created within the CIS, the president's speech, dedicated to the Uzbek Day of Constitution and published in local media on Tuesday said.

"When the matter rests with the formation of various inter-state associations, it has not been ruled out that they will go beyond economic interests and become politicised," he said.

He added that this may negatively affect established relations and cooperation of members of the associations with other external partners to develop the integration processes with third countries.

"We are fully aware that the integration processes of removing the border and customs barriers to trade, economic and investment relations of the countries have special importance after further development of globalisation," the Uzbek President said.

"At the same time, some forces have recently intensified in the post-Soviet area. They seek to promote nostalgia for the Soviet past by various myths using the fact that the younger generation does not have sufficient understanding of recent history."

He said that we forget the essence of the totalitarian Soviet empire. Its collapse was brought about by the political, economic and ideological failure on which it was built.

The implementation of the programme covering the near and medium-term has become a priority. It includes attracting modern technology and innovation aimed at a radical modernisation and diversification of the Uzbek economy and its major branches, the president added.

"The task of further developing and strengthening cooperation with all our partners, those who are ready to assist in solving this important problem must be subordinate to this," he said. "We are ready to provide interested parties with long-term, reliable benefits and privileges."

"Proceeding from these considerations, meeting our long-term interests, we will determine the policy on Uzbekistan's joining inter-state organisations and unions," Mr Karimov said.

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