Statement with Kyrgyz Republic President Askar Akayev
September 23, 2002
We declare our commitment to strengthen the long-term, strategic partnership
and cooperation between our nations, desiring to promote a shared vision for
the 21st century of a peaceful, prosperous, and sovereign Kyrgyz Republic that
is increasingly integrated into the global economy and the community of democratic
We reaffirm our deep appreciation for the strong relations that have been established
between our two countries based on mutual respect and the common goals of stability,
peace, and prosperity. We will advance our cooperation on democratic political
and free-market economic reforms, and the development of the resources of the
Kyrgyz Republic and its people. We affirm that these political and economic
reforms are a necessary condition to ensure political, social, and economic
stability; sustainable development; prosperity; and national security.
We recognize that the threats of terrorism, trafficking of narcotics, and proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction endanger the security not only of the United
States and the Kyrgyz Republic, but also of the Central Asian region and the
world at large. We, therefore, seek to develop our security cooperation to address
these challenges and foster cooperation among the United States and the Kyrgyz
Republic, its Central Asian neighbors, the other regional powers, and our European
Recognizing the essential role that the Kyrgyz Republic plays in the war against
terrorism, we declare our intention to cooperate in this war to its conclusion
and within the framework of the international coalition. We emphasize our support
for the Afghan Transitional Administration and the goal that it be at peace
internally and with its neighbors and integrated into the regional and international
economic structures. We also express our readiness to support Afghanistan's
reconstruction and the development of its natural and human resources.
In the spirit of partnership, the Kyrgyz Republic and the United States intend
to strengthen joint activity to ensure security and stability in Central Asia.
We agree that the expansion of trade and economic ties among the states of Central
Asia, and deepening of regional integration in important areas such as the environment,
water resources, and transportation systems, are a basis for regional security
and prosperity. The United States is enhancing assistance programs to the Kyrgyz
Republic to strengthen border security and to increase the defensive capabilities
of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic.
We recognize that free-market economies, democratic political systems, and the
rule of law provide the most effective means to advance the welfare of our citizens
and the stability of our societies. The United States and the Kyrgyz Republic
pledge to develop further our bilateral trade and investment relations, including
through expanded contacts between the business communities of our countries.
We are united in our mutual efforts to cooperate to accelerate the development
of an attractive, transparent, and predictable investment climate in the Kyrgyz
Republic. Achieving this goal requires the removal of legislative and administrative
barriers to investment, strengthening respect for contracts and the rule of
law, reducing corruption, and enhancing the Kyrgyz Republic's strong record
on economic reform.
We reaffirm our commitment to work diligently and on a regular and sustained
basis in the areas specified in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Washington
on February 15, 2002, with the goal of strengthening the economic component
of our bilateral cooperation. In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding,
both sides have agreed that a high-level Kyrgyz government delegation will visit
Washington in October 2002 for the purpose of further identifying realistic
and achievable objectives aimed at accelerating economic reforms and development
in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Recognizing that democracy is a cornerstone of long-term stability, we reaffirm
our desire to strengthen democratic institutions and processes, such as civil
society, independent media, local government, political pluralism, and free
and fair elections. We also reaffirm our mutual commitments to advance the rule
of law and promote freedom of religion and other universal human rights as enshrined
by the founding documents of the United Nations and the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe, of which we are both members. Finally, we confirm
our mutual efforts to enhance understanding between the citizens of our two
countries by promoting people-to-people exchanges, initiatives of non-governmental
organizations, and contacts between business people.