Uzbek parliament calls on restraint in Ukraine

Pro-Russian demonstration in Donetsk on April 7 ©
On April 10, Uzbek members of parliament expressed their “deep concern and alarm” over the events in Ukraine at the 14th plenary session.

The Uzbek official news agency UzA reported that the country’s parliament believes the events taking place in Ukraine “could lead to an escalation of tension, making it hard to predict future events, and create a real threat to the country’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity.”

They see the solution “in a rejection of the use of force, using instead political tools and efforts to normalize the current situation through negotiations.”

Both sides of the conflict should be guided by the fundamentals of international law and the United Nations charter, believes the Uzbekistan parliament.

This statement repeats almost exactly the statement previously issued by the Uzbekistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tashkent has avoided direct criticism of Russia’s actions in Ukraine in its annexation of the Crimea peninsula after the March 16 referendum.

The country’s parliament is being extremely diplomatic in expressing its criticism and disapproval of the resurgence of Moscow’s imperial aspirations, having already already shown that it is willing to violate international law in order to regain territory lost during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

On March 27 the UN General Assembly convened in Geneva and voted to declare the results of the referendum unlawful. Central Asian countries, including Uzbekistan, abstained from voting.

The situation in Ukraine remains explosive with its eastern territories in turmoil.

Following the annexation of Crimea, the Russian “Spring” has reached the cities of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov where ethnically Russian Ukrainian citizens began to take over government buildings, raising Russian flags, and demanding the federalization of power and greater independence from Kiev.

Leading Russian politicians, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, have called on the federalization of Ukraine, claiming that it is an inadequate state, and therefore not entitled to be a sovereign country.