Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have completed the delimitation of 654 kilometers of the state border between the two Central Asian republics, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Nikolai Tanayev told the Lower House of parliament on Tuesday.
According to Nikolai Tanayev, neither the two countries nor the local population have any claims to make with regard to this stretch of the border. The Kyrgyz head of government also said the two governments have reached an agreement and described another stretch of the border that is some 400 kilometers long but this section of the border has yet to be fixed in documents.
The total length of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek state border is about 1,270 kilometers. According to unofficial sources, nearly 130 kilometers of the border in the Batken region of Kyrgyzstan are still disputed.
The decision on them will be made after the two countries sign a general agreement on the delimitation of the border between them. Nikolai Tanayev noted on Tuesday that the negotiations are far from simple but the two parties have made considerable headway and reached agreements on the larger part of the moot questions.
"We are not giving up our positions and are not going to backtrack," the Prime Minister stressed.
Itar-Tass, February 17, 2004