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NEWS AND EVENTS
February 16, 2005
OSCE SUPPORTS COOPERATION IN CENTRAL ASIA ? CHAIRMAN-IN-OFFICE
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) supports the initiative of Uzbekistan on improvement of cooperation in Central Asia, a senior official said on Wednesday, 16 February.

The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is visiting Uzbekistan to discuss with officials further collaboration between the country and the organization.

Rupel said at press briefing today that Uzbekistan\'s contribution was vital for successful political and economic development of the region.

He added he would express gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov for his efforts on development of the single market in Central Asia, as it will serve for prosperity of the region.

Slovenian Foreign Minister said that the organization was ready to assist Uzbekistan where it is required. He added that the task of the OSCE was not to teach, but assist in development.

Rupel said that the OSCE would continue the dialogue with Uzbek authorities and civil society on improvement of election legislation.

OSCE wants to assist in implementation of economic reforms, in particular to boost small and medium businesses, as well as remove obstacles hindering the development of businesses.

He added that the OSCE and Slovenia were ready to help Uzbekistan in such issues as de-mining and protection of border. Rupel said that he suggested these to his Uzbek counterpart, Foreign Minister Elyor Ghaniev.

Slovenian minister said that his country had De-mining Trust Fund, which has great experience in de-mining areas worldwide.


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