Shavkat Mirziyoyev: We all have one Motherland. We are united by a single, great goal
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Republic of Karakalpakstan on 3 July.
As you know, these days an important political process continues in our country - a nationwide discussion of amendments and additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan. All conditions have been created for the free expression of will and opinion of citizens on the basis of democratic principles. But under the pretext of disagreeing with the constitutional reform, certain forces, for their own selfish purposes, tried to shake up and destabilize the situation, choosing the path of aggression and violence. On 1 July, in the city of Nukus, hiding behind populist slogans, manipulating the consciousness and trust of citizens, a group of people, contrary to the legitimate demands of the authorities, organized riots and attempted to seize the buildings of local government bodies.
On 2 July, despite the demands to stop violations of public order, these persons continued their destructive actions. Moving along the streets of Nukus, the rioters caused significant damage to infrastructure facilities, broke windows, and set fires. In order to seize weapons, several groups attempted to storm the buildings of the main department of internal affairs of the city of Nukus and the department of the National Guard. Taking advantage of relative numerical superiority, they attacked law enforcement officers, beat them with particular cruelty, inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Unfortunately, there are casualties among the civilian population and law enforcement officers.
In this regard, in order to ensure the safety of citizens, protect their rights and freedoms, restore law and order, a state of emergency was introduced on the territory of the Republic of Karakalpakstan from 3 July to 2 August 2022 by decree of the President.
On 3 July, a meeting was held in Nukus with the participation of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The commandant of the territory of the Republic of Karakalpakstan gave a report on the introduction of a state of emergency and noted that the situation was taken under full control.
During the videoconference meeting, the head of state spoke with responsible officials from all regions of the region, listened to their reports on the measures taken to ensure the safety of citizens, strengthen law and order. They noted that after yesterday’s address by the President, the situation has stabilized and life is returning to normal.
Then Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited Zhakaterek mahalla of Nukus and talked with the residents.
Local elders noted with regret that in recent events, some of the youth made mistakes and committed illegal acts, falling under the influence of external subversive forces and succumbing to emotional impulses. It was emphasized that the Uzbeks and Karakalpaks are one people with two languages, it is necessary to value and protect the unity and peace in our country.
The President held a meeting with the deputies of Jokargy Kenes, the leadership of the Council of Ministers and representatives of the public of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.
It was again emphasized that the draft Constitutional Law “On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan” will be finalized based on the proposals and opinions of the people of Uzbekistan. Then the project will be submitted to the referendum of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and our citizens will express their will through free voting.
This approach is fully consistent with the principle "The people are the only source and author of the Constitution." And each of our compatriots will be able to proudly say: "The Constitution of New Uzbekistan is my Constitution."
Taking into account the study of the opinions of the inhabitants of Karakalpakstan, yesterday the President proposed to leave unchanged the current versions of Articles 70, 71, 72, 74, 75 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, concerning the legal status of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis will consider this issue in the coming days.
At the meeting, deputies and representatives of the intelligentsia spoke, who noted that in recent years, large-scale work has been carried out on the socio-economic, cultural and innovative development of Karakalpakstan.
Over the past 5 years, about 11 trillion soums have been directed to the local budget of the region. At the end of 2020 alone, the total per capita income in Karakalpakstan increased almost 3 times.
The volume of construction work over the past 5 years has increased by 3.5 times. Dozens of new industrial productions, modern agricultural clusters, joint ventures have been created. Thousands of facilities were built in the republic, including kindergartens, schools, universities, healthcare, science, culture and sports institutions.
Important programs of social protection of the population are being implemented. In particular, financial assistance was provided to about 65,000 families included in the "iron notebook", 17,000 families with disabled children under the age of 16, as well as those who lost their breadwinner. Since 2017, enrollment in preschool education has increased from 32 percent to 75 percent.
Within the framework of the Obod Qishlok and Obod Mahalla programs in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, large-scale work has been carried out to develop social infrastructure, provide the population with electricity, natural gas, drinking water, and improve the condition of irrigation and reclamation networks. Residents of the region feel the results of this work.
Active work is being carried out to protect and restore the ecological system, sustainable social and economic development of the Aral Sea region. In particular, the once backward Muynak has acquired a completely new look, turned into a modern, dynamically developing area.
For the first time, the issue of the development of the Aral Sea region is defined as a priority of state policy. On the dry part of the Aral Sea, green plantations with an area of 1,733,000 hectares have been planted. A five-year national program is being developed to restore the flora and fauna of the region.
- I firmly declare that the positive transformations being carried out in Karakalpakstan will continue at an accelerated pace. After all, the fate of Karakalpakstan is the fate of Uzbekistan, the happiness and well-being of the Karakalpak people is the happiness and well-being of the entire Uzbek people,” said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Deputies of Jokargy Kenes called on the youth to show prudence, not to succumb to provocations, including external hostile forces and movements, not to become their victims.
It was noted that calls for separatism and mass riots will be strictly suppressed in accordance with the current legislation, and those responsible for this will suffer inevitable punishment.
What happened calls on our people to be even more vigilant and attentive. In these troubled times, it is very important to strengthen friendship and harmony between compatriots, ensure stable and continuous development in the country, increase the creative potential of our people and their confidence in the future. Only in this way can we adequately respond to all modern challenges and threats, create in our society, especially among young people, strong immunity against various destructive ideas, achieve even more effective results without deviating from the path of democratic reforms chosen by our people.
- We all have one Motherland. We are united by a single, great goal - peace in our Motherland, the prosperity of the country and the well-being of the people. Together we will definitely build New Uzbekistan and New Karakalpakstan, the head of our state said.
After the meeting, Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended a gathering of citizens of the village "Samanbay" of the Nukus district, met with representatives of the older generation, assistants to the khokim, youth leaders and women’s activists.
The President stressed that the alarming events that took place in Karakalpakstan resonated with pain in the hearts of all citizens of Uzbekistan, it is necessary to calmly and unitedly turn this page.
The participants agreed with this and expressed confidence that the wise people of Karakalpakstan will continue to adhere to the inviolable values of the unity and indivisibility of the destinies of the Uzbek and Karakalpak peoples.