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Contract on eternal friendship between the Republic of Uzbekistan and Republic of Kazakhstan

of October 31, 1998

The Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan which further are referred to as with High contracting parties, considering that strengthening brotherly, friendly and good-neighbourhood between High contracting parties is equitable to radical interests of the people of both states,

confirming the commitment to the principles and the purposes of the Charter of the UN, the Helsinki final Act and other documents accepted within OSCE

considering necessary deepening of economic cooperation of two countries, creating favorable conditions for its further development, establishment of direct connections between business entities of all patterns of ownership,

for the purpose of further development and strengthening of the existing relations of full cooperation in the spirit of traditional friendship of the Uzbek and Kazakh people having century historical roots and community of culture, language and traditions

agreed as follows:

Article 1

High contracting parties, being the brotherly and friendly states, build the relations on the basis of equality, mutual understandings, full cooperation and mutual trust.

Article 2

High contracting parties confirm the determination to actively develop the relations on the basis of respect of independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders of both states, the principles of non-interference to internal affairs of each other, equality and mutual advantage.

High contracting parties recognize the existing administrative-territorial border as basis of frontier and will create the joint commission for the purpose of formalization of all questions of the mode of joint border.

Article 3

High contracting parties confirm the obligation to abstain from use of force or threat of force in

the interstate relations, not enter into the military alliances or accept

participation in any groups of the states, and also in the actions directed against other High contracting party.

In case of situation which according to one of High contracting parties represents threat

armed attack from the third states, High contracting parties without delay will carry out corresponding

consultations with each other both on bilateral basis, and within the international organizations which members they are, for the purpose of taking measures, promoting its peaceful settlement.

High contracting parties not allow use of the territory, system of communications and other infrastructure by the third states for the purpose of preparation or implementation of the armed aggression or other hostile activities against other High contracting party.

Article 4

High contracting parties will develop bilateral cooperation and to give versatile support in questions of prevention of threat of independence and to sovereignty, territorial integrity and carrying out independent policy.

Article 5

High contracting parties interact for the purpose of strengthening of the world, increase in the international stability and safety in Central Asia.

High contracting parties promote strengthening of collective security, and also strengthening of peacekeeping role of the UN, OSCE and increase in efficiency of mechanisms of settlement of the regional conflicts and other situations infringing on interests of High contracting parties, coordinate the line items in these areas for the purpose of implementation in need of collateral or coordinated actions.

High contracting parties hold on regular basis consultations on the questions which are of mutual interest.

Article 6

Each of High contracting parties guarantees to the citizens of other High contracting party living in its territory irrespective of their national identity, religion or other distinctions, the political, social, economic and cultural rights and freedoms, according to the international standards about human rights.

High contracting parties provide the right to preserving and development of national culture and language of the Uzbeks living in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakhs living in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan and also develop cooperation in this area.

Article 7

High contracting parties will take necessary measures for providing each other most favored nation treatment in all areas of economic cooperation and will not take the measures directed to deterioration in conditions on implementation of this cooperation.

Each of High contracting parties beforehand informs other High contracting party on economic decisions which can affect its rights and legitimate interests and abstains from implementation of the measures destabilizing economic situation of other Contracting Party.

Article 8

High contracting parties promote development and strengthening of common economic space in Central Asia, and also bilateral economic, trade relations, bonds in the field of science, culture, education, technologies, ecology and environmental protection taking into account long-term perspectives and on mutually advantageous conditions.

For this purpose High contracting parties will create necessary legal, economic, financial and trade conditions for gradual transition to free movement of goods, services and the capital between both countries.

High contracting parties will strengthen cooperation, first of all in the field of the industry, agricultural industry, transport, tourism, communication, telecommunications and power.

Article 9

High contracting parties guarantee mutually to provide in the territories of the states favorable conditions for transportation and freedom of transit of their passengers and all types of loads automobile, railway, air, pipeline and other modes of transport and will abstain from taking measures, the adverse conditions directed to creation for cooperation in the specified areas.

Article 10

High contracting parties will encourage regular consultations, exchange of information and experience in economic, scientific, technical and cultural areas, and also to support expansion of contacts for this purpose at all levels.

High contracting parties recognize reasonable implementation of measures for creation of joint financial and industrial groups, holding and leasing companies. They will promote development of progressive forms of cooperation of the national capitals in production, investment, bank and commercial spheres, to provide favorable conditions for mutual investments.

High contracting parties, according to the national legal system, will provide favorable conditions for business and other economic activity in the territory for physical persons and legal entities of other High contracting party.

High contracting parties will encourage mutual investments and to provide their protection on the basis of the agreements signed for this purpose.


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