On July 4, Kyrgyz leader Sadyr Japarov had a telephone conversation with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The interlocutors exchanged views on the enhancement of relations between the two countries. They paid particular attention to the protests in Karakalpakstan, the press office of the President of Kyrgyzstan reported.
Japarov stressed that Bishkek is following “with great concern” the situation in the west of Uzbekistan. The Kyrgyz leader noted the authorities were able to take timely actions to avoid escalation. He added that the constitutional reforms in Uzbekistan would ensure the stability of the country.
On July 1, 2022, protests broke out in the Republic of Karakalpakstan reflecting dissatisfaction with the amendments proposed by Mirziyoyev to the Basic Law of Uzbekistan which envisage depriving the region of the status of an autonomous region and the right to secede from Uzbekistan through a referendum.
The day after the protect had broken out in Nukus, the capital of Karakalpakstan, the President of the Central Asian country withdrew the above constitutional amendments from the Parliament.