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Islam Karimov has rejected an international inquiry into events in Andijan

May 20 2005

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has refused to conduct an international investigation of the riots in Andijan .

The head of Uzbekistan believes that in order to clarify the picture of what happened rather organized on Wednesday by the Uzbek authorities to foreign journalists and diplomats to travel to Andijan. The president also said that the situation in his republic is under control, authorities were taking action against perpetrators of incidents.

About this Islam Karimov said in a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. An independent international investigation into allegations of killings of civilians in Andijan, Uzbek authorities yesterday called Louise Arbour, UN Commissioner for Human Rights. Commenting on the response to Karimov, she said that the holding of a credible and transparent investigation - in the interest of the president of Uzbekistan and its people, according to Russian news service.

See also the photo essay "The unrest in Uzbekistan through the eyes of western media (unknown footage)

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