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Tajiks In Bishkek Picket Uzbek Embassy, Demand Resumption Of Rail Traffic


Tajik protest the disruption of humanitarian aid transports in Bishkek.

Tajik protest the disruption of humanitarian aid transports in Bishkek.

BISHKEK -- About 50 Tajik students and members of Kyrgyzstan's Tajik Association picketed the Uzbek Embassy in Bishkek today to demand the full resumption of rail traffic between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

According to the protesters, hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid intended for the victims of recent landslides and floods in Tajikistan are held up at the Uzbek-Tajik border as the Uzbek authorities refuse to allow cross-border rail traffic.

The protesters handed a petition to an Uzbek Embassy official.

Uzbekistan has described the rail delays as technical, but Dushanbe has accused Tashkent of deliberately blocking the shipments.
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