At a 5 March session in Bishkek of the Kyrgyz-Tajik intergovernmental economic -cooperation commission, the two countries reached agreement on mutual transmission of electricity, on the joint maintenance of highways linking the two countries with China and Afghanistan, and on supplies of Tajik aluminum and antimony concentrate to Kyrgyz industrial enterprises. But they failed to make headway in resolving a dispute over the resettlement of Tajik citizens from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan and vice versa. Interfax quoted the Tajik co-chairman of the commission, Hodja Akbar Turandjonzoda, as saying the issue should be shelved pending completion of the delimitation of the two countries' shared border. Nor did Turadjonzoda show any willingness to compromise over what Kyrgyzstan considers the illegal occupation by Tajik citizens of lands in Kyrgyzstan's southern Batken Oblast.
Asia Plus-Blitz, March 05, 2004