Uzbek diplomats in Dushanbe are doing their part to fuel an international row over the “so-called delays” of freight transiting Uzbekistan for Tajikistan. Tashkent says it is doing everything possible to allow goods bound for Tajikistan to pass through the country’s territory without hindrance. Tajiks, however, from blighted businessmen to angry officials, sharply disagree.
Since January, hundreds of wagons have been delayed on the Uzbek side of the border, often held for weeks or more. Independent observers say that Tashkent is punishing Dushanbe for trying to build a large hydropower dam upstream, Rogun. The Uzbeks say this is absurd.
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