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Kyrgyzstan And Uzbekistan Agree To Accelerate Border Delimitation

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 17:03

During the recent meeting of the presidents of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Almazbek Atambayev in Astana, the parties reached an agreement on accelerating the work on demarcation and delimitation of disputed sections of the interstate border. According to the press service of the head of Kyrgyzstan, the meeting took place within the framework of the session of the heads of the SCO states (Shanghai Cooperation Organization). According to the Uzbek president, the bilateral relations have been actively developing recently, especially after President A. Atambayev's official visit to Samarkand in December 2016.


In the words of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a significant increase in bilateral trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan has been observed.


“In turn, President Almazbek Atambayev emphasized that the border between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan should become a real border of peace and friendship, for the benefit of the two neighboring fraternal peoples. As a result, the heads of the two countries instructed the relevant departments to speed up the work in the field of coordinating issues related to the signing of the agreement on demarcation and delimitation of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz state border,” the press release says.


According to the press service, Sh. Mirziyoyev also invited A. Atambayev to pay an official visit to Uzbekistan.


Worth recalling, the relationship between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan has been quite tense in the past 10 years. The main reasons for the disagreements were territorial disputes caused by the lack of delimitation and demarcation of the border. Until recently, about a quarter of its length remained undiminished since the collapse of the USSR. A breakthrough in bilateral relations was reached in autumn 2016, after the death of the first president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov.

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