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Proposed Central Asian Union

A Central Asian Union was proposed by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbaev on April 26, 2007, consisting of the five Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The proposed Union would primarily deal with interstate border issues, trade, visa regimes, tourism, and security. If realized, the Central Asian Union would represent a counter-balance to the existing Russian-dominated Collective Security Organization and the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization.[1] In his proposal, the Kazakh President said: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 351 pixelsFull resolution (1425 × 625 pixel, file size: 132 KB, MIME type: image/gif) Map of proposed Central Asian Union. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 351 pixelsFull resolution (1425 × 625 pixel, file size: 132 KB, MIME type: image/gif) Map of proposed Central Asian Union. ... Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev (Kazakh: Нұрсұлтан Әбішұлы Назарбаев [Nûrsûltan Äbîshûlâ Nazarbayev]; Russian: Нурсултан Абишёвич Назарбаев [Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev]) (born July 6, 1940 in Chemolgan, Kazakhstan) is the current President of Kazakhstan, and the countrys only leader since independence from the Soviet Union. ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (117th in leap years). ... Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ... The Collective Security Organization (CSO), also known as the Collective Security Council (SKB), is a regional security grouping in Asia. ... Membership 6 member states 4 observer states Headquarters Secretariat RATS - Beijing - Tashkent Working languages Chinese, Russian Secretary General Zhang Deguang Formation 14 June 2001 Official website http://www. ...

"In the region, we share economic interest, cultural heritage, language, religion, and environmental challenges, and face common external threats. The founding fathers of the European Union could only wish they had so much in common. We should direct our efforts towards a closer economic integration, a common market and a single currency."[2]

So far, the presidents of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have signed an agreement to create an "International Supreme Council" between the two states.[3] In addition, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have signed a "Treaty of eternal friendship".


Prospective members

Statistics on proposed Central Asian Union
Country Population Area GDP
Kazakhstan 15,217,700 2,724,900 km² $125.5 billion
Kyrgyzstan 5,264,000 199,900 km² $10.764 billion
Tajikistan 7,320,000 143,100 km² $8.802 billion
Turkmenistan 5,110,023 488,100 km² $45.11 billion
Uzbekistan 26,593,000 447,400 km² $50.395 billion
Total 59,504,723(23rd) 3,515,300 km²(7th) $240.571 billion(40th)

Image File history File links Flag_of_Kazakhstan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Kyrgyzstan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Tajikistan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Turkmenistan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Uzbekistan. ...

References

  1. ^ [1]Eurasia Daily Monitor, Accessed: June 15, 2007
  2. ^ [2]The Journal of Turkish Weekly, Accessed: June 15, 2007
  3. ^ [3]Inter Press Service News Agency, Accessed: June 15, 2007

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