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Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 12, 2002


United States-Uzbekistan Declaration on the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Framework

U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Adulaziz Kamilov today signed a broad political and strategic partnership agreement.

The Declaration on the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Framework affirms a joint commitment to establishing stability and security in Central Asia and sets forth practical goals for the two countries as they expand the relationship. As part of the agreement, the two countries agreed to cooperate not only in matters of military security but also in the security that comes from an open market-based economy and an open, democratic system in five separate categories:

  1. Political relations: Uzbekistan reaffirms its commitment to further intensify the democratic transformation of its society politically and economically. The United States agrees to provide the Government of Uzbekistan assistance in implementing democratic reforms in priority areas such as building a strong and open civil society, establishing a genuine multi-party system and independence of the media, strengthening non-governmental structures, and improving the judicial system.
  2. Security cooperation: The U.S. affirms that it would regard with grave concern any external threat to the security and territorial integrity of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The two countries expect to develop cooperation in combating transnational threats to society, and to continue their dynamic military and military-technical cooperation.
  3. Economic relations: The two countries agree to give priority to economic relations and to focus on Uzbekistan’s commitment to implement economic and structural reforms
  4. Humanitarian cooperation: Both countries affirm their intention to work together actively, particularly in specialized training, education, public health and environmental protection.
  5. Legal cooperation: Both countries recognize the need to build in Uzbekistan a rule-of-law state and democratic society. They agree to cooperate to improve the legislative process, develop a law-based government system, further reform the judicial system, and enhance the legal culture in Uzbekistan and the training of legal specialists.

 


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Released on March 12, 2002

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