Kyrgyzstan Protests Worry Kazakhstan – Again
As Kyrgyzstan goes into the fifth day of protests, Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev rushes to Uzbekistan for what was announced to be a working meeting with President Karimov, but what is seen by many as a strategy development event.
In March 2005, when popular protets ousted President Akaev from the White House in Bishkek, Kazakhstan temporarily closed its borders with Kyrgyzstan. It was seven months before Kazakhstan Presidential elections, which went without any disorders, as it was feared by some. In a disguised election campaign, Kazakh television showed the riots in Paris, the Kyrgyz revolution, followed by peaceful pictures of Kazakhstan reality. Maybe it helped really.
In May 2005, Andijan happened. Kazakh secret services were reported to cooperate with Uzbekistan on returning the Andijan refugees. And now, Kazakhstan wants to strenghen its cooperation with Uzbekistan, a more stable business partner and a more trustworthy neighbour than rioting Kyrgyzstan.
“We are great neighbours,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said. “The emergence of certain issues in the framework of bilateral relations is natural. In view of this fact, we have commissioned the Ministers of Foreign Affairs to establish constant contacts and mutual consultations.”
Uzmetronom supposes that “Islam Karimov and Nursultan Nazarbayev have developed a common position, which will allow them to react to the events in Kyrgyzstan” (RUS). Well, this position would probably include more than just dealing with possible influx of Kyrgyz migrants…