By Vugar Khalilov
Azerbaijan backs Uzbekistan's territorial integrity, Azernews
reports, citing Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.
In a telephone conversation with his Uzbek counterpart Vladimir
Norov, Bayramov stressed that any attempts against the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of the states are unacceptable.
It was underlined that legal steps were taken by the state
against attempts to create instability in the country by causing
riots in the territory of Uzbekistan's Karakalpakstan Autonomous
Republic a few days ago.
Furthermore, the ministers emphasized the high-level
organization of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's state visit to
Uzbekistan on June 22 and the outcome of the visit, including the
signing of documents that elevate the quality of the two countries'
strategic partnership to a new level.
The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements
reached during the visit, as well as the next steps to be taken in
Protests erupted in Uzbekistan's autonomous region of
Karakalpakstan on July 1, 2022, in response to proposed amendments
to the Uzbek Constitution by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev that
would have ended Karakalpakstan's status as an autonomous region,
and given this, the right to secede from Uzbekistan via
President Mirziyoyev withdrew the constitutional amendments a
day after the protests began in the Karakalpak capital of Nukus.
According to the Karakalpak administration, protesters attempted to
overrun government facilities.
Despite Uzbek government compromises to preserve
Karakalpakstan's autonomy, demonstrations grew, culminating in
internet outages throughout Karakalpakstan on 2 July and President
Mirziyoyev announcing a state of emergency in the region.
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