Uzbek Senate to allow transit of U.S cargo and personnel to Afghanistan
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Aug. 29 / Trend D. Azizov /
The Senate (upper house of the Uzbek parliament) plans to ratify the Uzbek-American intergovernmental agreement on air transit of the U.S goods and personnel across the Uzbek territory as part of the efforts to ensure Afghanistan's security and restoration, a representative of the parliamentary press-service told Trend today.
The agreement was signed in Tashkent on March 28, 2012. The law on ratification of the agreement was passed by the legislative (lower) house of the parliament in June.
The agreement is a bilateral international intergovernmental treaty. It was concluded in accordance with the UN Security Council's resolution calling on Afghanistan's neighbouring countries to assist the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
According to the agreement, the transit is implemented via Uzbek special air corridors for this purpose without making intermediate stops in Uzbek territory, unless an emergency situation on board and, or, force majeure preventing the transit.
Airspace of the Republic is to be used by aircraft on the basis of the transit permit issued by the Uzbek side, in accordance with the request of the U.S through diplomatic channels.
According to the bill, the agreement will remain in force for one year and is automatically renewed for a subsequent one-year period. Either party may terminate the agreement at any time. Other parties must get a written notice through diplomatic channels not less than 30 days before termination.