2017-09-06

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan agree on 85% of border, Kambarata power station construction

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BISHKEK -- Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's two-day visit to Kyrgyzstan concluded Tuesday (September 6) with the countries agreeing on about 80% of their border and on plans to construct a hydro-power station in Kyrgyzstan, media reported.

The visit was the first by an Uzbekistani president to Kyrgyzstan since 2000.

On Monday (September 5), Mirziyoyev and Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev signed a pact demarking 85% of their countries' shared border, parts of which had been disputed since the Soviet collapse in 1991, reported Fergana News.

Mirziyoyev agreed to help Kyrgyzstan build the Kambarata hydro-power station, which Mirziyoyev's late predecessor, Islam Karimov, long opposed as a potential threat to Uzbekistan if an earthquake occurred. Mirziyoyev in Bishkek described Kambarata as "necessary and needed by us [Uzbekistan]", added Fergana News.

Atambayev described Mirziyoyev's trip as a "historic event for both nations", reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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