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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Gives Tashkent a June 30 Deadline

BRUSSELS -- The European Union has warned Uzbekistan that it may suspend parts of a cooperation agreement with the country unless the government agrees to an international inquiry into a bloody crackdown on protests last month.

EU foreign ministers said Monday they could freeze parts of the 1999 agreement "that do not have an immediate impact on the Uzbek population."

A statement from the ministers' meeting in Luxembourg gave the Uzbek authorities until the end of June to reconsider their refusal to allow an international investigation.

The EU is unlikely to halt economic aid, which has totaled 119 million euros ($144 million) since 1991, but it could scale back political contacts with the Uzbek government.

EU ministers said they deplored the Uzbek government's refusal to allow an international probe into the May 13 violence in Andijan.

They also complained about the Uzbek's failure to grant an entry visa to an EU envoy.