As tensions mount in an enclave straddling the borders of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan has sent a battalion of assault troops to the Kyrgyz border, the independent Kyrgyz online news agency AKIpress.org reported May 31, citing the Batken region administration. The Kaytpas border post at the border of Uzbekistan has been closed following several incidents this week in the cross-border area of Sokh. Batken authorities say that the failure of the Uzbek government to notify them of such troop reinforcements is a violation of international agreements, AKIpress.org reported.
Ten residents reported that their cars have been damaged in the last five days, and 30 private delivery drivers appealed to Sultanbai Ayzhigitov, acting governor of Batken region to take measures to stop the vandalism or close all the roads through the area, AKIpress.org reported.
The cross-border enclave of Sokh has been the site of a number of incidents in the past year.
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