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Uzbekistan

Aid Trucks Reach Isolated Uzbek, Kyrgyz Districts

A group of trucks with relief supplies from Uzbekistan to the Sokh exclave arrive at a checkpoint.
A group of trucks with relief supplies from Uzbekistan to the Sokh exclave arrive at a checkpoint.

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Sokh Exclave: Two Decades Of Simmering Tension

Sokh district, a small pocket of Uzbek territory within Kyrgyzstan, has been the scene of low-level violence and bilateral tension since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Following an outbreak of violence on January 5-6, RFE/RL takes a brief look at the history of this territory and some of the contentious issues it presents for Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
By RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and RFE/RL's Uzbek Service
BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan -- Uzbek trucks carrying food and gasoline have crossed the Kyrgyz border and reached Uzbekistan's Sokh and Shokhimardon districts.

The exclaves are fully surrounded by Kyrgyzstan's Batken Province.

The two Uzbek districts had been cut off since Sokh residents, mainly ethnic Tajiks, clashed on January 5-6 with Kyrgyz border guards over installation of electric power lines to a new Kyrgyz border post.

Also on January 25, Kyrgyz trucks carrying humanitarian aid were also allowed into the tiny Kyrgyz district of Barak, which is surrounded by Uzbek territory.

Barak was also cut off after the events in Sokh.

All of the aid trucks were stuck at the border for days as Kyrgyz and Uzbek officials negotiated the deliveries of vital supplies.

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