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[09.07.23] Kyrgyzstan Asks Uzbekistan To Return Three Oil and Gas Fields

Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Bazarbai Mambetov, reporting on the 9-10 July session of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek intergovernmental commission in Tashkent, said that the Kyrgyz side had asked its Uzbek counterpart for the return to Kyrgyzstan of three oil and gas fields on the border between the two countries, akipress.org reported on 10 July. During the Soviet era, Moscow handed the fields to Uzbekistan for development. After the disintegration of the USSR, the Uzbeks kept working on the fields, arguing that the area where the fields were located was disputed territory. Mambetov was quoted as saying that the Kyrgyz delegation to the commission meeting had produced documents showing that the fields indisputably belonged to Kyrgyzstan, and the Uzbek side said it would consider returning them. Akipress.org reported on 11 July that the commission session had also raised the issue of a drop in the level of trade between the two countries, which Kyrgyzstan attributes to stricter Uzbek border-crossing procedures that have made it more difficult for people and goods to cross the border.
RFE/RL Newsline, July 9, 2003

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