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Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan: Gas Agreement Reached

By Merkhat Sharipzhan

Tashkent, 19 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Interfax news agency reports from Tashkent that Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have reached agreement on resuming natural gas supplies to south Kazakhstan.

The news agency says that under an agreement signed yesterday, supplies to southern Kazakhstan this year will be the same as last year.

Almaty is suffering a natural gas shortage, and our Almaty correspondent had reported Uzbekistan cut off supplies because of Kazakhstan's debts to Uzbekistan. Some southern regions of Kazakhstan (Jambyl and Chimkent Oblasts) have been without natural gas for two months.

A similar dispute with Russia over energy supplies led to a cut off of natural gas supplies to northern Kazakhstan during the summer.