Uzbekistan unilaterally closes border with Tajikistan; reasons and closure period not explained
Uzbekistan has unilaterally closed border with Tajikistan, the acting head of the Tajik security committee's border department, Sharaf Faizullayev, told Itar-Tass.
He stressed that the Uzbek side did not inform Dushanbe on its decision, the reasons and closure period.
According to a Tajik Foreign Ministry spokesman, Davlat Nazri, the talks with Uzbek counterparts are underway to resolve the existing problem. The border guards let in only owners of diplomatic passports and Russian citizens.
The Uzbek embassy in Dushanbe categorically refused to comment on "the border issue." The consular department assured that entry visas are issued to Tajik citizens in a normal mode. The visa rules between the two republics have been effective since 2001.
The Tajik special services did not rule out that the closing of the border is linked with celebrations of the Constitution Day to be marked in Uzbekistan on December 8. Tashkent usually closes borders with neighbours on the eve of state holidays, as a rule, for a long period and without official notification.
Since 1992 there have been no air and railway communications between the two republics and humanitarian relations, in fact, brought to naught.