It would seem that the Uzbek government’s handling of the mid-June refugee crisis, in which roughly 100,000 ethnic Uzbeks from Kyrgyzstan fled to Uzbekistan, has given President Islam Karimov’s administration a significant boost.
Foreign observers in Tashkent have generally lauded the Uzbek government’s response to the humanitarian crisis. In particular, the Karimov administration’s restrained political stance played an important role in keeping the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan from spreading, observers believe. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive]. http://www.eurasianet.org/node/61333
The government’s actions also have caused some Uzbek citizens to view the government, which has had the reputation of being one of Central Asia’s most repressive, in a new light. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive].
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