Tashkent, 6 July 2022 (TDI): The President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, expressed his condolences to the families of those killed during the unrest in Nukus.

He provided instructions on giving a fair assessment of the actions of all participants of the event. If the law enforcement agencies exceeded the force, they should also be held accountable, he said.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the meeting held on the 6th of July expressed condolences to the families of people who died during the unrest on July 1 and 2 in the capital of Karakalpakstan, Nukus. He also wished a speedy recovery to the injured, Presidential spokesman Sherzod Asadov said.

According to official data, 18 people were killed and 243 injured in those days, 94 of them remained in hospitals on Monday, including the seriously wounded.

Remarks of the President:

“On such days, we once again deeply feel how priceless peace and human life are, how important it is to protect them and that we are all responsible for this,” the President said.

“Of course, these events were not organized in a day or in ten days,” he said. “External hostile forces have been preparing for these actions for years.”

“Their true goal is to violate the territorial integrity of Uzbekistan and cause an interethnic conflict,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.

“For a comprehensive, in-depth and objective investigation of the past events, an investigative group headed by the First Deputy Prosecutor General is working. Impartial parties should be involved in this process, i.e. representatives of the public, deputies and activists,” he continued.

The President instructed Prosecutor General Nigmatilla Yuldashev to “study each case deeply and impartially and give a fair legal assessment of the actions of the participants in the event.”

“The actions of law enforcement agencies should also be deeply analyzed. If they used force improperly, they should also be brought to criminal responsibility in accordance with the current legislation,” the President said.

Visit to Nukus city and meeting with residents:

Previously on the 3rd of July, the President visited the Jeketerek mahalla of the city of Nukus and met with the residents and emphasized that Uzbeks and Karakalpaks are one people with two languages and it is necessary to value and protect unity and peace in the country.