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Tajik mountain roads in spring (file photo) (RFE/RL) 16 December 2005 -- Uzbekistan has resumed power supplies to Tajikistan after the countries’ governments struck a deal in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.


Tajik energy official Abdukarim Niezov described the negotiations as tough.


Tajikistan's northern Sughd region suffered a blackout last month after Uzbekistan broke off electricity and gas supplies.


Tajikistan, which relies heavily on hydroelectricity, experiences energy problems in winter due to declining water levels in a reservoir that feeds a hydropower plant.


But in summer Tajikistan generates enough power itself to be able to export to neighboring countries.


(ITAR-TASS/Asia-Plus/Khovar)

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