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Uzbek Police, Troops Charged With Negligence In Andijon

Troops in Andijon after the May uprising Tashkent, 7 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbek Prosecutor-General Rashid Kadyrov today said 25 security personnel are being charged with criminal negligence for failing to prevent a recent uprising in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon.

In remarks published in the "Khalk Suzi" (People's Word) newspaper, Kadyrov says the 25 failed in their duties during the May uprising, which sparked a bloody military crackdown.

Kadyrov also criticized foreign media and nongovernmental organizations. He said those groups were forewarned of the uprising by organizers and manipulated into ensuring negative coverage of the government's actions.

Kadyrov's remarks come as Uzbek prosecutors today meet with a diplomatic group to familiarize themselves with a government probe into the events. The group comprises representatives from China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and
other Central Asian states.

Western countries have refused to join the group, demanding instead an independent international inquiry into the
Andijon violence.

(ITAR-TASS, AFP, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service)

For more on the bloodshed in Andijon, see Unrest in Uzbekistan