26 Apr 2011

Germany Paid for Uzbek Military Base While Sanctions Were Ongoing

While the EU had placed sanctions on Uzbekistan for the 2005 massacre in Andijon, the German government continued to lease a military base in the country, one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, according to Paul Schäfer of The Left Party (Die Linke).

Between 2005 and 2009, the German government paid a total of € 67.9 m ($95.5 m) to the Uzbek, according to documents recently released by the German Parliament (Bundestag) due to a December 2010 request by 3 members of The Left Party (Paul Schäfer, Jan van Aken, and Sevim Dagdelen).

Dagdelen responded that this new information would only further her party’s stance against German involvement in Afghanistan.

For the original article from Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, click here.

The photo comes courtesy of Reuters.