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Uzbekistan's Sokh Exclave Remains Sealed After Clashes

Tensions 'Familiar' For Kyrgyz Near Uzbek Exclavei
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January 09, 2013
On January 6, residents of the Sokh district, an Uzbek exclave located within Kyrgyzstan and populated by ethnic Tajiks, clashed with guards at a Kyrgyz border post and briefly took dozens of Kyrgyz hostage. The tensions have died down, but the Kyrgyz residents of the region say the disputed border makes incidents like this one all too common. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
WATCH: Tensions following the January 6 incident have died down, but Kyrgyz residents of the region say the disputed border makes incidents like this one all too common.

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Kyrgyz, Uzbeks To Probe Hostage Crisis

Kyrgyz and Uzbek authorities have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into this week's hostage-taking incident in Uzbekistan's Sokh district, when clashes broke out as power lines were being installed to a Kyrgyz border post.
By RFE/RL's Uzbek Service and RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service
BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan -- All border posts around Uzbekistan's Sokh exclave inside Kyrgyzstan remain closed.

It is not clear when the border posts will resume operations.

On January 6, Sokh residents and Kyrgyz border guards clashed during the installation of power lines to a Kyrgyz border post.

At least three Uzbek citizens reportedly sustained gunshot wounds and a Kyrgyz policeman was severely beaten.

Thirty Kyrgyz citizens were taken hostage in Sokh, all of whom were released on January 7.

The Kyrgyz government's deputy envoy in Batken Province, Saitjan Eratov, told RFE/RL on January 8 that the border posts around Sokh and all roads crossing the district will remain closed until Uzbekistan pays compensation for damage incurred during the incident.

Sokh is Uzbek territory inside Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Batken that is populated mainly by ethnic Tajiks.

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