On July 1-2, mass protests took place in the capital of Karakalpakstan (an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan) Nukus . The reason was the published amendments to the Constitution of Uzbekistan, according to which Karakalpakstan is deprived of the right to secede from the state on the basis of a general referendum.
On the evening of July 2, Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Nukus , who promised to leave the draft norms on the legal status of the republic unchanged. As a result of unrest in Nukus, 18 people were killed, 243 were injured (of which 38 were law enforcement officers).
On July 5, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reported that the department "expresses concern about the information about the events that have occurred in recent days in the Republic of Karakalpakstan."
"The Turkmen side supports the timely and decisive actions of the leadership of Uzbekistan to protect the constitutional order and law and order in the country, the security and peace of the people," the news release says.
Turkmenistan is also ready to provide Uzbekistan with the necessary support and assistance, the Foreign Ministry writes.
A day earlier, on July 4, the head of Uzbekistan, during telephone conversations with the presidents of Tajikistan , Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan , discussed "ensuring stability and sustainable development" in the Republic of Karakalpakstan. This is reported by his press service.
The head of Uzbekistan did not call up the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov .
It should be noted that Turkmenistan in its official reports avoids direct mention of conflicts taking place in other countries, whether it is the current war in Ukraine or the January riots in Kazakhstan . The fact that the conflicts taking place outside Turkmenistan are of concern to the authorities usually becomes known from the reports of the press services of other states.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan