Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th July 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the UK Ambassador to Tashkent last met the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

David Moran, our Ambassador to Tashkent, presented his credentials to President Karimov on 8 June 2005. The meeting was largely ceremonial. Earlier in the day, in a meeting with Foreign Minister Ganiev, Mr. Moran had said that were the opportunity to arise, he would look to discuss two principal points with the President: firstly, Mr. Karimov's concrete plans for the reforms mentioned in his 28 January speech to Parliament, and secondly, the question of allowing an international independent inquiry into the events of 12–13 May in Andizhan. In the event, President Karimov raised these issues himself, sticking to well-known Uzbek positions on both.

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