Atambayev signs Kyrgyz-Uzbekistani border demarcation law

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev Monday (October 2) signed a law that defines 85% of the Kyrgyz-Uzbekistani border, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

The law applies to 1,171km of the 1,280km-long frontier. The countries had disputed their border since they both gained independence in 1991. Sources vary on the length of the border.

Uzbekistan still has not ratified its part of the agreement, according to Kloop.kg.

The law comes after Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who took office last year, began working to repair relations with his country's neighbours. In September in Bishkek, both presidents signed an agreement on the borders, which both parliaments have to ratify.

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