Partnership between Uzbekistan and OSCE
On 26 February 1992, in Helsinki, President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has signed a Final Act of Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe 1975. After this event the Republic of Uzbekistan has become a full member of CSCE/OSCE.
This fact has become a significant step towards Uzbekistan's becoming independent and integral part of world community.
Partnership between Republic of Uzbekistan and OSCE is held on different levels, together with numerous institutions of the organization, and covers wide range of issues and problems.
In 1994 in Vienna the Representation of Uzbekistan to OSCE have started to function. Uzbekistan's participation in OSCE has yielded a way to wide opportunities for OSCEТs expert-informational potential usage, as well as receiving of international support of initiatives on providing national and regional security.
Since 1998 OSCE pays a special consideration to the Central Asian states, on issues of maintenance of stability and security in the region.
OSCE acting chairmen visit Uzbekistan officially every year. In 1998 - B. Geremeck, 1999 - K. Vollebeck, 2000 - B. Ferrero-Waldner, 2001 - M. Joane, 2002 - A. Martinish da Crush, 2003 - Y. H. Sheffer. General Secretary Yan Kubish makes working visits to Uzbekistan on a regular basis.
During the meetings with Uzbek leaders, OSCE administration discusses the matter of conflict and crisis prevention, aspects of regional security, human, ecologic, economic factors, situation in Afghanistan, etc.
Visit of acting chairman of OSCE Y. H. Sheffer, in July 2003
Since 1995, Republic of Uzbekistan has been participating in implementation of Vienna document on the creation of trust and safety measures of OSCE. An activity based on Vienna document, adapted during Istanbul summit of OSCE, has been performing since 1999.
Republic of Uzbekistan timely sends appropriate information about military forces and projects of military defense according to paragraph 10, chapter 1 of Vienna document of 1999 (VD - 99).
Uzbekistan sends appropriate information according to OSCE document on infantry weapon, accepted in 2000. In 2001, a seminar on infantry weapon was held.
Appropriate information is sent in accordance with OSCE Code of behaviour concerning military political aspects of security.
Uzbekistan initiatives on issues of partnership with OSCE and security were reflected in several documents of OSCE.
For instance, in Lisbon Declaration of 1996, the fact of full participation of Central Asian member- states has been stipulated, as well as, the provision of illegal weapon supply in a region of conflicts. In the Charter of European Security of 1999, adopted during the Istanbul summit, a thesis on existence and danger of outside threats for OSCE space has been concluded. In documents directed at unification of efforts in struggle against international terrorism adopted during the Conference of ministers of foreign affairs in Bucharest in December 2001, the statement on Central Asia has been laid down.
On December 7, 2002 in the city of Porto (Portugal) states members of OSCE have passed a statement on Central Asia by Conference of foreign affairs ministers. On the initiative of Republic of Uzbekistan a thesis, which states that OSCE realizes the threat, connected to international terrorism, organized crime, illegal circulation of weapons and drugs in Central Asia, has been laid down.
Uzbekistan is for establishment of closer forms of partnership with OSCE.
OSCE Centre in Tashkent
On March 16, 1995, OSCE Security Council has opened a Bureau, the goal of which was to create links between Central Asian countries and OSCE in frames of 1992 strategy of integration of recently accepted states members.
On December 14, 2000 Permanent OSCE council has made a decision to change the name of OSCE Bureau on Central Asia into OSCE Centre in Tashkent. This decision was made because of the shift in the focus of activity made by Bureau and enlargement of OSCE presence in Central Asia (three centres of OSCE - in Almaty, Ashgabad, Bishkek - were open in January 1999).
The mandate of OSCE Centre in Tashkent includes an implementation of collaboration in sphere of OSCE principles and obligations in its cooperation with Uzbekistan. OSCE centre in Tashkent also provides contacts and exchange of information with acting chairman, other institutions of OSCE, establishes and supports links with governing structures, social organizations, provides aid in attendance of delegations of high level, organization of seminars, conferences, different forums and etc.
In 2003 OSCE centre in Tashkent has determined its priority as further development of three factors of the Organization (political, economic, ecologic, human) based on all-embracing conception of balanced security.
In political sphere OSCE Centre intends to develop, in co-ordination with Uzbek authorities, projects on political and military security (conducting seminars on realization of measures of trust and security), on issues of mass media freedom, providing expert assistance in elaboration of democratic legislative etc.
Economic and ecologic spheres - assistance to small and medium enterprises, support of non-governmental organizations in their environment protection activities.
Human factor - assistance in holding reforms in penitentiary system, trainings on human rights, civil society development.
On September 23, 2002 acting chairman of OSCE, minister of foreign affairs of Portugal Martin da Crush has assigned Ahmet Erozan (Turkey) a head of OSCE Center in Tashkent.
Partnership with BDIHR
On October 1997 the Government of Republic of Uzbekistan and Bureau of OSCE on democratic institutions and human rights signed Memorandum on mutual understanding in frames of the development of partnership with OSCE in human sphere. Several projects were implemented in human and ecologic spheres based on this Memorandum. In 1999, after the completion of programs and projects of Memorandum, Uzbek government and BDIHR have signed a communique, in which parties have agreed to continue cooperation and consultation on questions of human factor.
In 2001 - 2002 BDIHR has proposed and realized nine projects concerning standards of international law, education of law-enforcement bodies officials and judicial organs, assistance to legislative reforms, conducting of monitoring in sphere of human rights and etc.
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