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Uzbeks To Partially Resume Gas Shipments To Kyrgyz

Bishkek, 1 September 2005 -- A top Kyrgyz energy official today said Uzbekistan has agreed to partially resume natural gas shipments to Kyrgyzstan.

Kubanychbek Jusupov, deputy chief of Kyrgyzstan's state gas company, said Uzbekistan will now provide about one-third of the amount it had previously agreed to sell to Kyrgyzstan. He gave no further details.

Earlier this week, Jusupov said Uzbekistan failed to put into effect an earlier gas arrangement, effectively severing Uzbek gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan. He suggested the move was in retaliation for Kyrgyzstan's harboring of hundreds of Uzbeks who fled a military crackdown in Uzbekistan in May.

Kazakhstan later offered to sell natural gas to Kyrgyzstan, but at a higher price than what Uzbekistan had offered.