28 september 2020

Central Asia news

Delimitation of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz state border is questionable

29.11.2006 11:28 msk

Rosbalt, Uzmetronom

Ferghana Valley Uzbekistan

Uzbek and Kyrgyz topographers demarcating the state border between the two countries met in Andijan.

Uzbek officials maintain that those present at the meeting discussed "Description of the planned Uzbek-Kyrgyz border". For the time being, however, description of a part of the border dividing the Ferghana and Batken regions is the only one ready.

"Specialists from the special structures of the Andijan, Namangan, and Ferghana regions of Uzbekistan and Osh, Jalalabad, and Batken regions of Kyrgyzstan delivered a report on the field examinations of the border carried out," spokesman for the Uzbek side said. "Unfortunately, differences in views in the matter proved too considerable."

As a matter of fact, Uzbek and Kyrgyz topographers did not even set the date of the next meeting. "It will be set by diplomatic channels," member of the Uzbek delegation said.

"Delimitation is a fairly painful process because both countries promote their national and territorial interests," Uzmetronom quoted another member of the Uzbek delegation as saying.

In the meantime, the process has been under way for six years already. So far, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan only agree on 993 kilometers of the state border 1,375 kilometers long.

The remaining 382 kilometers of the state border are not on maps and therefore keep fomenting border conflicts and mutual distrust.