Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Feb.18
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
A meeting of the working groups of government delegations on delimitation and demarcation of Uzbek-Kyrgyz state border was held in Jalal-Abad (Kyrgyzstan) from Feb.10 to Feb.16, the republic's Foreign Ministry said.
The repeated conflicts on the joint border in recent times prompted the parties to intensify the negotiation process on the delimitation and demarcation of the state border.
Given the importance of the problem, the meetings of the working groups are held every decade. Currently, certain sections of the border are being clarified with Uzbekistan. The previous meeting of the delegations took place in late January in Uzbek city of Namangan.
The existence of four Uzbek enclaves in the territory of Kyrgyzstan and one Kyrgyz enclave in Uzbekistan is a major problem in the negotiations, according to foreign policy experts.
The results of the groups' joint work will be presented to the countries' governments.
Currently, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have delimitated some 1,058 kilometers of the border (the total length of the border is 1378.44 kilometers), which accounts for over 70 percent of the total length of the two countries' border. Nearly 50 sections with about 300 kilometers length haven't been delimitated.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.