The fourth session of the Tajik-Kyrgyz Intergovernmental Cooperation Commission opened in Dushanbe on 2 June to discuss issues such as expanding trade, launching joint ventures, and cooperating in the fields of transportation, energy, defense, and border protection. The joint use and maintenance of roads is reported to top the agenda for this session. The commission, chaired by Tajik First Deputy Prime Minister Hoji Akbar Turadzhonzoda and Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Bazarbai Mambetov, is also trying to work out an amicable solution to a disagreement between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan over a piece of land that technically belongs to Kyrgyzstan but has been used by Tajik citizens for several decades. Kyrgyzstan has asked for the land back, and Tajikistan has asked for its citizens to be allowed to continue using it.
Eurasianet/Asia-Plus Blitz, June 03, 2003