Central Asia Geopolitical Watch – from 31 December 2022 to 6 January 2023

Central Asia Watch Team : Alexiane Pradier, Maxime Delaye, Audrey Colin, Alexandre Brière, Sophie Marc and Julie Eifler–Bolander.

28/12/2022 : Cooperation agreements signed between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in the face of increased risks of natural disasters – Maxime Delaye.

Great step forward in international cooperation in Central Asia on 28 December, after the simultaneous signing by Presidents Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Serdar Berdimuhamedov of agreements on the management, the prevention and the cooperation in the face of extreme emergencies. These agreements, which were initially approved by the Kazakh and Turkmen parliaments on 15 December, should enable them to exchange ideas, train and prepare a common response to the risks. These agreements should also allow all emergency services in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to cross borders freely in the event of an emergency. Agreements needed according to Kazakhstan’s Minister of Emergency Situations Yuri Ilyin: “We need close cooperation and rapid notification of the population on the risks and threats that may arise in the territories of neighbouring states. We need to connect all the research institutes and the early warning system.” In recent years, responding to natural disasters has become a priority for states in the region.  Indeed, according to the European Commission, one of the first investors in the region’s emergency services, the impact of climate change, combined with the geographical diversity of Central Asia, makes the region particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. As is the case, for example, of floods linked to the melting of ice, which in recent years have become more frequent and important events. For example, in May 2022 when Urals overflows caused extensive damage to western Kazakhstan destroying more than 270 buildings and forcing the evacuation of more than 1,100 inhabitants.

02/01/2022 : Incarceration of doctors in Bishkek suspected of “Improper performance of professional duties” towards a child related to a senior official – Alexiane Pradier.

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