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Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan: Border Quarrel Poses Political Test for Karimov

Enter at your own risk: An undelimited stretch of no man's land between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. (Photo: David Trilling)

A border confrontation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan is creating hardship for citizens of both countries in remote villages along the undelimited frontier, and, in at least one case, is stoking a food shortage.

Authorities in the Uzbek capital Tashkent have said little publicly about the situation. But sources inside Uzbekistan say that silence should not be confused for passivity. Other observers add that some high-ranking security officials are purportedly pushing for armed action, itching for a chance to gain retribution for what they see as Kyrgyz persecution of ethnic Uzbeks going back to the Osh events of June 2010.

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Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan: Border Quarrel Poses Political Test for Karimov

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