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Uzbek Media Focuses On Clinton's Comments On Cooperation, Not Rights

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Uzbek president Islam Karimov in TashkentU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Uzbek president Islam Karimov in Tashkent
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Uzbek president Islam Karimov in Tashkent
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Uzbek president Islam Karimov in Tashkent
Uzbek media have been widely reporting the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which finishes on October 23.

Clinton met with Uzbek President Islam Karimov on October 22.

Details released by the State Department quote Clinton as saying, "We have a range of concerns about religious freedom, broader human rights issues, the need for further democratic reforms, the trafficking in persons, forced labor issue" and addingthat  there is a need to show progress on all those issues.

The state's National Information Agency of Uzbekistan and pro-government website Olam.uz reported on the same meeting, omitting any mention of the rights issues and focusing instead on "the significance of our country in providing security and stability in [the Central Asian] region."

The reports noted Clinton thanking Karimov for Uzbekistan's help in "settling the Afghan problem and in giving aid for the social and economic restoration of Afghanistan."

The reports do mention "the sides exchanged views on issues of developing dialogue between the two countries' civil societies," but make no mention of any specific human rights or democratic reform issues.

The evening broadcast of the daily news on Uzbekistan's state-owned First Channel on October 22 also concentrated on Uzbekistan's cooperation with the U.S. to resolve the problems in Afghanistan.

Media did report that Clinton was due to visit the GM Powertrain Uzbekistan plant, a joint venture with the U.S. that is set to start producing some 200,000 motors, which "meet the most modern ecological and technical requirements."

compiled from agency reports
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by: San from: Netherlands
October 23, 2011 22:48
It sickens me to see that senile smile on Clintons face. Like she doesn't know he's a mass murderer. I mean look at him, he's not smiling anyway. What's there to smile about? Is she afraid he would again back off from letting the US supply the war through Uzbekistan? Godafwull, just like the way the EU is licking Karimov's ass. His daughters are free to roam around here and buy houses here and there... This is rediculous. US and EU for democracy ? Ha don't let me laugh to my death.
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by: Bob from: U$A
October 24, 2011 18:36
San you are too right. It's clear that the elites in the US/EU are just laughing at everyone (and expecting their people to be too busy drowing in debt or watching TV to notice the level of hypocrisy involved) while they fuel the military-industrial war machine. Didn't I just see Clinton in Tripoli flashing the "V for victory" sign with the NTC? Is Karimov any different from Qaddafi? Their spoiled maladjusted children galavant around the world while they steal from their people and keep everyone buried under some of the worst oppression the globe has known. So yeah, why even smile and try to pretend that this anything other than what it actually is? People watching know better.

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