From the Peace Corps website via Pete Johnson
Peace Corps Suspends Program in Uzbekistan
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2005 � Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez
announced today that the Peace Corps is suspending its program in
Recently, the visas of 52 Peace Corps volunteers and the Peace Corps
country director expired and were not renewed. Because the Peace Corps
was unable to ensure proper documentation from the Uzbekistan
government, the Peace Corps has determined it necessary to suspend its
�It is with regret that I make this announcement, but the Peace Corps
only operates its programs in countries where it is invited by the host
government and is able to provide proper documentation for each
volunteer,� said Director Vasquez.
The remaining Peace Corps volunteers have left the country and are
returning to the United States. These volunteers have been serving
their assigned communities for more than a year.
In 1992, the Uzbekistan government entered into a partnership
agreement with the Peace Corps. Volunteers have been working in small
business development, teaching English at the university, secondary and
primary school levels, and focusing on improving the health of women
and children in rural communities, as well as teaching HIV/AIDS
education and prevention.
Peace Corps volunteers have served in Uzbekistan from 1992 until 2001.
The Peace Corps program reopened in April of 2002 after a temporary
suspension following the events of September 11, 2001. In total, more
than 700 Americans have served honorably as Peace Corps volunteers in
Since 1961, more than 178,000 volunteers have served in the Peace
Corps, working in such diverse fields as education, health, HIV/AIDS
education and prevention, information technology, business development,
the environment, and agriculture. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S.
citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a
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