Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 26th October 2004.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Uzbekistan's decertification by the United States State Department for receipt of financial aid because of its human rights record.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The US State Department made clear on 13 July 2004 that the decision to decertify Uzbekistan was taken because of lack of progress in meeting its commitments under the Strategic Partnership Framework agreed in 2002 between Uzbekistan and the US.

We have been forthright in our criticism of the Uzbek Government's human rights record. The US Government have also expressed similar concerns. We regularly discuss human rights issues in Uzbekistan with the US. Both the US and UK Governments have a policy of constructive but critical engagement to try to improve the human rights situation in that country.

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