Despite the fact that official information on the status of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov its condolences over his death already was expressed by the Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim and the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili. Both offered their condolences. Information about the death, citing the statement of the Cabinet of Ministers has led to “Interfax”, but later annulled the news, and government website was unavailable. Two sources close to the foreign Ministry and one of the structures of the CIS, said that the funeral Karimov is expected on Saturday. The same was reported by the information Agency “Fergana”.
Lack of information
Uzbekistan’s new official reports, in addition to the morning news from the Cabinet of Ministers on the deterioration did not appear. Karimov is in a coma, he supported artificial respiration, said a source close to the Ministry of foreign Affairs. “Probably been no hope, the brain actually does not work”, — the interlocutor told .
The source Agency Regnum reported Friday afternoon that the government of Uzbekistan prepares the message during the broadcast of the news program “Akhborot” at 19.30 local time. However, a resident of Tashkent, said that on the evening news status messages Karimov was not, except for the morning news. On Friday evening, according to him, the Central channel is the transfer of the architectural monuments of Uzbekistan. Informed “The Newspaper.uz” reported that the state TV channels of the country on 2 September changed the program schedule by replacing entertainment programs with programs about the history and culture of Uzbekistan, achievements and transformations over the years of Karimov.
On the eve of the Tashkent celebrated the 25th anniversary of independence. The city was organized festivities and therefore strengthened police squads. On Friday, the number of police officers on the streets has decreased, they are mostly busy with patrols at subway stations. Friday and Thursday are days off.
According to a resident of Tashkent, despite reports that Samarkand can pass the funeral of the President, to get to the city is easy: there are trains and taxi drivers ready to drive you there anyone. He also adds that in Samarkand strapped police forces, the historical center is blocked, and residents of the city try not to go out.
Who had gathered for a funeral
The evening of 1 September, the news Agency “Fergana” has published photos of the cemetery in Samarkand made by the correspondent of the newspaper, where, according to him, preparations are underway for the funeral of the head of state, which will be held on 3 September. In the same cemetery, according to the Agency, buried the brothers and mother Karimov. The government plane with the body Karimov, according to the Agency, flew from Tashkent to Samarkand on Thursday evening.
At the airport of Samarkand gathered a large number of people waiting for the arrival of the Tashkent aircraft body President, said the Agency “Rosbalt”, citing a source in Uzbekistan. According to the international independent Agency “Fergana”, the body have already been delivered.
Reuters reported that in parting with the permanent President of Uzbekistan can arrive the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, however, that report was refuted by the press service of Nazarbayev. “The press service of the President reported that currently the President is on a working visit to people’s Republic of China through participation in the G20 summit. Changes in the work schedule of the President in the near future is not planned”, — stated in the message of the press service in Facebook.
The presidents of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan may soon arrive in Samarkand, local media reported. The President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon is going on Saturday, September 3, to fly to Uzbekistan, told the news Agency “Asia-plus” sources in the diplomatic circles of the country. A source in the diplomatic circles confirmed the plans Rahmon. According to the Agency “Kabar”, in Uzbekistan, will join the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbekov Sooronbai.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov on Friday refused to discuss the possibility of participation of Vladimir Putin, not having status messages Karimov: “I am the subjunctive is not considered valid in this matter.”
To participate in the mourning events will be sent to the Executive Secretary of the CIS Sergey Lebedev, said a source familiar with the situation.
Invitation to a funeral nobody sends: typically, a country whose leader has died, sends out information about where and when the wedding is being held, and other countries decide who will represent them, said the chief of Protocol of President Boris Yeltsin Vladimir Shevchenko. The choice of shapes that will represent a country depends on many factors, including personal relationships between leaders, he says. He recalls that when he died, king Abdullah of Jordan, the doctors and family did not advise President Boris Yeltsin to go to the funeral, but he said that this needs to be done and flew.
Putin attended the funeral of the President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev in 2003 and as Prime Minister in 2011, was in Sukhumi at the funeral of President Sergei Bagapsh. In 2006, at the funeral of Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov, Russia was represented by Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, and the ceremony was broadcast live by state TV channel “Russia”. At the funeral of the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, Russia was represented by the Chairman of the state Duma Boris Gryzlov.
If the information about the death is confirmed, the participation of Putin in the ceremony can be a complicated work schedule. On September 3, scheduled his speech at the Eastern economic forum, which is presidential. In addition to Putin’s planned speech of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. On 4 and 5 September Putin will be at the summit in China, where he is scheduled to meet with French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and is not excluded a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday was in Astrakhan. Perhaps the delegation will be headed by someone from the government, suggested a source close to the presidential administration.
The Chairman of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin till September 5, is on a working trip in Leningrad region. The representative of the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko has declared that has no information about a possible trip to Uzbekistan.
With the participation of Elizabeth Surnacheva, Elizabeth Antonova, Farida Rustamova