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Uzbekistan: German Bakery Raided, Ambassador Reportedly Blocked

Ambassador Wolfgang Neuen

Germany's Ambassador Wolfgang Neuen held a meeting at Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry yesterday, uzdaily.uz reported. While the pro-government web site didn't disclose the nature of the talks, no doubt the German ambassador was expressing unhappiness about the recent heavy-handed tactics Uzbek authorities deployed against a German business -- and possibly himself.

On July 27, armed Uzbek special forces swooped down on a German baked goods factory in Yangiyul, about 30 kilometers outside of Tashkent, and also raided the bakery's offices in the capital, fergananews.com reported. When Ambassador Neuen went to see what was going on at the company's head office, he was reportedly seized and blocked from entry to the building, says fergananews.com.

On August 3, Germany sent a note verbale to the Uzbek Embassy in Berlin, protesting the raid against the German bakery. Berlin evidently made it clear in no uncertain terms that the raid was unacceptable, and contradicted various international and bilateral agreements.

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Uzbekistan: German Bakery Raided, Ambassador Reportedly Blocked

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