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[20.02.23] Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry Protests to Uzbekistan over Border Incident

Text of report by Kyrgyz newspaper AKIpress web site on 19 February.

 
The extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan, Alisher Salohitdinov, was invited to the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry on 19 February 2003. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister, Askar Aitmatov, passed him a note for the Uzbek Foreign Ministry in relation with the incident in the village of Novgardan, Kadamdzhay District, [southern] Batken Region in the Kyrgyz Republic on 14 February 2003 [when Uzbek border guards fired shots after a bus driver refused to show ID on Kyrgyz territory].
 
During the meeting Aitmatov stressed that this incident, like others that had hitherto occurred, extremely negatively affected the traditionally friendly and neighborly relations between the two states, as well as running counter to the lofty spirit and Agreement on Eternal Friendship between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan of 24 December 1996.
 
Aitmatov reminded Salohitdinov of the proposals by the Kyrgyz side concerning a memorandum on confidence-building measures in the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border area, which was needed to reduce tension among the local population. In conclusion, Aitmatov expressed an insistent request to the Uzbek side to adequately investigate [the incident] and, as a result, to take strict measures against the guilty border guards 
 

Eurasianet, February 20, 2003


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