Tajik Prime Minister Oqil Oqilov and Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev signed a protocol on 4 June allowing a group of ethnic Kyrgyz citizens of Tajikistan to continue using a parcel of land in Kyrgyzstan.
The parcel, which is part of Kyrgyzstan's Osh Oblast, was given to Tajikistan by Soviet authorities in the 1930s to be used for livestock grazing.
Earlier this year, Kyrgyzstan asked for the return of the land and the Tajik authorities asked that their citizens be allowed to continue using it. The issue was on the agenda of the Tajik-Kyrgyz Intergovernmental Cooperation Commission that met in Dushanbe this week. According to the Asia-Plus report, protocols on water use and cooperation between the two countries on development of the road network and rail transport were also signed. Akipress.org commented on 5 June that the Tajik-Kyrgyz agreement on joint water use, which includes creation of a bilateral consortium on water and energy, has given the green light to the establishment of the largest such organization in Central Asia.
RFE/RL News Line, June 06, 2003