Kazakh MFA is not going to send a note to Uzbekistan over flooding in Turkistan region
Kazakhstan is not going to send a diplomatic note to Uzbekistan, reported spokesperson of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Aibek Smadiyarov. Ten villages in Turkistan region were flooded as a result of the Sardoba dam break in Uzbekistan.
Smadiyarov assured that all negotiations between the two parties are carried out in full compliance with the norms of the Treaty of Eternal Friendship, strategic partnership, as well as the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.
The MFA spokesperson reminded that on May 2, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held a telephone conversation with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The Presidents discussed the current situation and agreed on coordinated actions of the two governments in liquidation of the of the dam breakthrough consequences.
“Taking into account the close cooperation between the governments and heads of border regions in liquidation of the flooding consequences, the issue of sending a diplomatic note to Uzbekistan is not on agenda,” Smadiyarov said.
“The governor of the Turkistan region promptly made a working trip to the neighboring regions of Uzbekistan and conducted the necessary negotiations with the Uzbek side. He reported the results of the negotiations at today’s government meeting,” he added.
Previously, the government emergency response commission led by Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar was created. Smadiyarov said that tomorrow Sklyar will fly to the Turkistan region and Uzbekistan to develop an algorithm for joint actions.