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Press Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
August 17, 2000

TERRORIST INCURSION IN KYRGYZSTAN AND UZBEKISTAN

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an organization publicly committed to the violent overthrow of the Government of Uzbekistan, has claimed responsibility for recent and on-going incursions into the territory of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The United States strongly condemns these acts of violence and recognizes the right of these states to defend their sovereignty and territorial integrity. We welcome the cooperation that Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have displayed in responding to the current threat and we encourage these states in acting to defend themselves to minimize casualties and ensure the protection of innocent civilians.

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