NEWS AND EVENTS
July 15, 2005
British expert visit Andijan to evaluate situation
?UzA? National News Agency of Uzbekistan reported that British scientists studied recent Andijan events and gave her assessments to the events.
Shirin Akiner, Professor of Oriental Studies Institute of London University and Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, visited Andijan and prepared report which will be published by Central Asia and Caucasus Institute (USA) soon.
Akiner noted that her visit to Andijan was directed to find out what happened on 13 May 2005 as mass media reports were tangled and contradictory. British expert visited hospitals, jail and grave and talked different people.
British professor said that she did not find any factor that the events had socio-economic motivation. The events had political motivations and initiated as the beginning phase of state coup on Kyrgyz scenario.
She said that the date of uprising also has important significance as 13 May was Friday, when people go to Friday service. Rebels hoped that people were support them if they tie their actions with religious feelings. But this is not happened, she added.
Akiner said that these were not peaceful demonstrations, but it was actions of armed people with military skills. The government of Uzbekistan presented detailed information on weapons, while the Kyrgyz government confiscated weapons from those passed through Uzbek-Kyrgyz border.
She also said that the events were prepared as rebels skillfully organized the attacks and added that reports of international mass media on events can serve as evidence that the events were not absolutely unexpected.
Some rebels were locals, but others came from other regions of Uzbekistan and even CIS countries. She said that some rebels had significant amount of hard currencies, which indicates that there were external financing.
Speaking about reports on Andijan, Akiner said that the reports of mass media rarely motioned that rebels were armed. British expert said that reports mentioned about shootings, but did not report who was responsible for these or those actions.
Some reports included allegedly ?objective comments? of local people, but they actively come out against government.
Akiner said that international reaction on Andijan events did not improved situation and statements of politicians, who unaware of real situation aggravate state of affairs.