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KHUJAND, Tajikistan -- The secretary of Tajikistan's National Security Council, Amirqul Azimov, and his visiting Kyrgyz counterpart, Adakhan Madumarov, have signed an agreement to boost cooperation between bordering regions of the two Central Asian states.

Azimov told RFE/RL's Tajik Service that Kyrgyzstan had built electric power lines from the province of Batken to Tajikistan's Konibododm district in Sughd province.

According to Azimov, Kyrgyzstan will also rent a segment of Tajik territory for 49 years to build a highway connecting two Kyrgyz provinces. Public transport in southern Kyrgyzstan has to pass through Tajik territory to reach other Kyrgyz provinces.

Clashes between Tajiks and Kyrgyz citizens living near the border have increased recently.

About 40 percent of the Tajik-Kyrgyz border has not been delimited since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
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