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Uzbekistan: Borders Closed for SCO Summit

Uzbekistan is reportedly closing its borders to all citizens from neighboring Central Asian countries in the most drastic measure adopted to date to enhance security for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit this month.

The plan was reported in local media on June 15 and partly confirmed by authorities in Tashkent.

“From June 15 to June 25, Uzbekistan will be halting the passage of people, transportation and cargo entering the country from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan,” KyrTAG news agency reported.

KyrTAG reported that an exception is being made for residents of the Kyrgyz enclave of Barak, which lies fully within Uzbek territory.

Closing borders has long become a customary practice in Uzbekistan ahead of major public events, such as the Nowruz holidays.

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Uzbekistan: Borders Closed for SCO Summit

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