15 January 2005
Karimov rejects Ukraine, Georgia scenario in
Interfax reported, Uzbek President Islam Karimov believes that society will not allow a replay of the Ukrainian or Georgian scenario in his country.
"I believe that several factors are inevitably present in such revolutions. I do not think the West plays a leading role in them," he said in an interview published by the Moscow-based Nezavisimaya Gazeta on Friday.
"The most important factor is the domestic protest potential that accumulates for years. The state's socioeconomic policy is another," Karimov said..
"For this reason, outside interference will not be fruitful until we create the environment for it," he said.
Certain techniques have taken shape for the so-called promotion of democracy, Karimov said.
"What is going on in Iraq illustrates this. If there is 'deficit of democracy' in a country, then this country is believed to need help so as to overcome this deficit. Money is allocated and strong forces are sent to stage a coup and eliminate the leadership that has created and been cultivating this deficit," he said.