Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

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Central Asia and Transcaucasia

See also, Petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs, Iran


Jan. 21: Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed an agreement establishing "joint forces" with Russia. The agreement provided for combined Kazakh-Russian units, four bases in Kazakhstan under Russian control, and expatriate citizens' rights. [1/25 WSJ]

Feb. 5: Kyrgyzstan held its first post-Soviet election. [2/6 FT]

Feb. 8: Katakhstan received assurances from China that it would "not use or threaten to use" nuclear weapons against Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan expressed concern over nuclear weapons tests in China's Xinjiang province. [2/9 FT]

Feb. 9: Kyrgyzstan signed an accord with the European Union (EU) covering commercial, economic, and political relations. Each party granted the other most-favored-nation trading status. [2/10 FT]

Feb. 18: In presidential and parliamentary elections held in Kyrgyzstan, 61 percent of those registered voted, and 60 percent of the parliamentary seats were filled. [2/21, 2/22 FT]

Feb. 21: Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov declared that government debt to banks was forgiven. Niyazov also ordered banks to give the government 75 percent of their 1994 income. [2/21 FT]

Feb. 26: Parliamentary elections were held in Tajikistan. Opposition leaders charged that President Imamali Rakhmonov manipulated the elections. [2/27 FT]

Mar. 11: The Kazakhstan Parliament was dissolved by President Nazarbayev after the Constitutional Court ruled that the March 1994 elections did not comply with the Constitution. Nazarbayev declared he would rule by decree until elections could be held. …

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