From: Justin Burke (JBurke@sorosny.org)
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 09:08:02 EDT
Kyrgyzstan protests to Uzbekistan over border fence
Text of report by Kyrgyz AKIpress news agency web site
Bishkek, 1 June: A note by the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry on an attempt by
Uzbekistan to erect engineering structures on the Kyrgyz territory.
Uzbekistan made an attempt to erect engineering structures (fence) in
the area of the Tuya-Moyun border outpost of the [southern] Osh border
detachment near the Kerkidon reservoir in Kyrgyzstan [near Uzbekistan's
eastern Fergana Region] on 14 May 2004.
Representatives of Uzbekistan planned to erect the fence inside the
territory of the Kyrgyz Republic 60 metres from the state border, which
has been delineated by the [Kyrgyz-Uzbek intergovernmental] commission
on delineating the Kyrgyz-Uzbek state borders.
After a meeting of members of competent agencies from the Kyrgyz
Republic and explanatory work carried out on the spot, Uzbekistan has
stopped erecting the fence.
In this connection, the Kyrgyz Republic's Foreign Ministry sent a note
to the Uzbek Foreign Ministry on 28 May 2004. It expressed Kyrgyzstan's
position that such unilateral moves by Uzbekistan run counter to the
norms of international law and do not comply with the provisions of the
Eternal Friendship Treaty signed by the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic
of Uzbekistan on 24 December 1996.
The Kyrgyz Republic's Foreign Ministry pointed out that such unilateral
moves by Uzbekistan were inadmissible and building these kinds of
facilities should be approved by competent agencies of the Kyrgyz
Republic, the press service of the Kyrgyz Republic's Foreign Ministry
Source: AKIpress news agency web site, Bishkek, in Russian 1 Jun 04
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