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The Weird Thing Is Ambassadorial Affairs.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 18:43

Tashkent somehow is unlucky with the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the "major" countries - the United States and England. In Uzbekistan all well remember the ambassador of Great Britain Craig Murray who repeatedly became the hero of world news lines because of the natural love to justice and human rights. The foreign policy representative of Her Majesty's court, while being in another country, all the time managed to sting the truth in eyes to local authorities, that offended them a lot. But it seemed to him not enough and he decided to open the eyes of his countrymen, and in one of his speeches at the Royal Institute of International Relations, better known as Chatham House, criticized the Uzbek government and their policies. At that time Craig Murray angrily fell upon Tashkent with charges concerning incessant violations of democratic principles, tortures in prisons, widespread corruption of officials, the catastrophic state of agriculture, postscripts in statistical reporting. The result of such a militant diplomatic activities of Craig Murray was his early recall.
Such stories are remarkable because they are repeated in one form or another. And recently other Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA in Uzbekistan, George Krol also distinguished himself by his diplomatic simplicity, having demanded an apologies from the local journalists for the publication, that allegedly defaming his honor and dignity, on the Uzbek site Uzmetronom.com. The cause of journalistic and diplomatic conflict, as we know, was George Krol’s message to the people of Uzbekistan on the occasion of Victory Day - May 9th. In the document of the foreign policy representative of the U.S. President in Uzbekistan, G. Krol, is told: "The conflict, which ended 67 years ago, united nations and peoples who fought as allies for a common cause, among them are the people of Uzbekistan and the United States of America". In texts of any official documents, especially of foreign policy departments, there’s no such thing as casual expressions. Especially any political discrepancies are excluded in papers which are written by Ambassadors. Therefore, the Uzbek colleagues had full authority to express the extremely negative attitude to the fact that the American ambassador called the greatest tragedy of the 20th century, which have carried away lives of over forty million people, a "conflict". I believe, such supernegligence of the American ambassador to that, the Soviet people endured in 1941-1945 of the last century, will cause natural reaction of protest in each sane citizen of the independent states of Commonwealth. But, if to put emotions to rest, then the ambassador G. Krol used such formulation not accidentally. First, we are all aware of the serious attempts to falsify the true story of the Second World War and in particular the role of the Soviet Union. Secondly, the fact that the American ambassador somehow easily put in the same league «the people of Uzbekistan and the USA which as allies fought for common cause» isn't casual also. Certainly, in such a way the diplomat wanted to give a message to ordinary citizens of Uzbekistan that Washington and Tashkent have old historical links as they were allies already then, in that far conflict. A pier, we are old brothers on the weapon, and now should be on friendly terms strong.
The story about other unique head of the American diplomatic mission in Russia Mr. Michael Makfol can continue the amazing stories of two ambassadors in Uzbekistan. This ambassador is unique himself, since constantly is in the center of scandals. And in Russia, he immediately established himself as the chief supporter of the opposition. Mr. the ambassador considers himself as an expert in color revolutions and the fighter for democracy and human rights. And so, this fighter for democracy in one of his recent speeches to students of the Higher School of Economies in Moscow for no reason at all declared that the Russian government offered the former president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, large bribes for a withdrawal of American troops from the military base “Manas”. After such statements of the ambassador, he probably couldn’t stop and then made an even greater discovery: – We also offered a bribe, approximately ten times less, but it didn't work. For the original audience of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, the Ambassador gave his own version of the preservation of American air base at the "Manas" airport. He in particular specified that “the issue was resolved through negotiations between the presidents of Russia and the United States, therefore the base was reorientated in the Center of transit transportations”. Here ambassador Makfol openly deceives the public and Wikileaks uncovered this deception. In the documents of the USA embassy published on the specified site in Bishkek it is told, how the Bakiyev's family could keep the base and "outsmart Moscow". U.S. Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller in 2009 wrote to Washington: "After the agreement on the new Center of transit transportations Maxim's favorable position concerning the USA can benefit our interests".
Anybody and anything, of course, can’t confirm the statement of the American ambassador that the Russian government offered Bakiyev large bribes. But the official recognition of the fact, that Americans themselves offered President Bakiyev a bribe, provides an occasion to reflect on the legal side of things, and once again to become convinced in the double standards used by American foreign policy.
A “joke” is that the public and legal weekly newspaper “Delo №” asks: Will Washington initiated a criminal investigation into the recognition of one of President Obama's allies - Ambassador McFaul - the intention to give a bribe? After all only for “intentions” in the U.S. they judge and pass harsh sentences. The evidence of this is a sensational case of Viktor Bout, who was sentenced by the American court to 25 years in prison for “intent” to sell the weapons.
The same newspaper, referring to the first deputy head of supervising department of Kyrgyzstan Nurlanbek Zheenaliyev, writes that the Prosecutor General's Office asks the ambassador of the USA in Russia to make an explanation about a bribe given to the ex-president Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Moreover, it is reported in the newspaper that the Prosecutor General's Office initiated pre-investigation verification of the statement of the American diplomat and all his speeches are attentively studied. The Prosecutor General's Office of Kyrgyzstan Republic has already sent to ambassador Makfol official inquiry in which asks the diplomat to make explanations: if he has any concrete facts on the issue of bribery.
Weird affairs are happening in the ambassadorial courts.



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