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Peace Corps Suspends Program in Uzbekistan

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  • Pete Johnson
    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.
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      From the Peace Corps website via Pete Johnson

      Peace Corps Suspends Program in Uzbekistan

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      WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2005 � Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez
      announced today that the Peace Corps is suspending its program in
      Uzbekistan.

      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
      program.

      �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
      Uzbekistan.

      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
      27-month commitment.



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