Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Aug. 2 / Trend D. Azizov /
Uzbekistan does not allow the stationing of foreign military bases and facilities on its territory , does not participate in peacekeeping operations abroad and military-political blocs, reserving the right to withdraw from any inter-state formation in the case of its transformation into a military-political bloc.
This is stated in the bill On approval of the Concept of foreign policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, submitted to the Parliament by President Karimov as a legislative initiative and adopted by the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis (lower house of parliament).
The concept of foreign policy of Uzbekistan is a separate legal document setting forth the integrity of the views system, defining the fundamental principles and strategic priorities for foreign policy, goals and objectives in the international arena, the mechanisms of progress in the medium and long-term national interests, as well as raising the legal basis for a new level of activity in the country in foreign policy.
The bill states Uzbekistan "reserves the right to make alliances, to enter the communities and other inter-state organizations and withdraw from them, guided by the best interests of the state, nation, its prosperity and security." No integration should be imposed from the outside; it is unacceptable if affects the freedom, independence and territorial integrity of the country or dictated by ideological commitments.
"Uzbekistan is taking political, economic and other measures to prevent its involvement in armed conflicts and tensions in neighboring countries," according to the bill.
The main priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan is the region of Central Asia, which its vital interests are associated with, the concept says.
The major tasks in this direction are to ensure peace and stability in the region, promoting the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, addressing the use of transboundary watercourses and ensuring environmental sustainability.
The bill is submitted to the Senate (upper house of parliament). It is expected that the Senate will consider the bill On approval of the Concept of foreign policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in late August.