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DISPUTE OVER CHINA-KYRGYZ BORDER DEMARCATION PITS PRESIDENT VS. PARLIAMENT

President Askar Akayev's administration and legislators are at loggerheads over the delimitation of the country's border with China. Many MPs have balked at recognizing a 1999 agreement, saying it grants China an unfair share of territory. A group of deputies have launched an initiative to impeach the president, but some analysts predict that Akayev may end up turning the tables on legislators by dissolving parliament. In the meantime, parliament has adopted a resolution that halts the demarcation process, and obliges the Kyrgyz government to renounce earlier delimitation agreements with China. The dispute introduces an additional element of instability into a region already shaken by Islamic radicalism.

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Alisher Khamidov is the director of the Osh Media Resource Center in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

DISPUTE OVER CHINA-KYRGYZ BORDER DEMARCATION PITS PRESIDENT VS. PARLIAMENT

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