Serial No. 108-126: Uzbekistan: The Key to Success in Central Asia? Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, June 15, 2004 [open pdf - 652KB]
From the opening statement of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "The United States has invested heavily in Uzbekistan with respect to humanitarian and technical assistance. The United States has provided technical support to Uzbekistan's efforts to restructure its economy and to improve its environmental and health care system, provided support to growing NGOs, and provided equipment to improve water availability and quality. Continued assistance may help to ameliorate many of these short-term problems, but beyond these immediate prospects, the issues at hand reveal a much deeper strategic dilemma facing both governments. Uzbekistan's utter failure to reform, both politically and economically, jeopardizes not only its strategic partnership with the United States, and its subsequent ability to defend itself against any military threat, but also to its own internal stability. We look forward to hearing your views on how our policy can contribute to progress in these important areas." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lorne W. Craner, B. Lynn Pascoe, Mira R. Ricardel, Zeyno Baran, Mark Schneider, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, James Cornell, Oivind Myrhaug, and Paul V. Kelly.
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