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Tajikistan: Government Hands Over Land To China

Dushanbe, 20 May 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Tajikistan's presidential spokesman said today that Tajikistan has agreed to hand over some 1,000 square kilometers of disputed land to China as part of a deal to set permanent borders between the two countries. Spokesman Zafar Saidov said the land was part of Tajikistan's eastern Murghab region. He also said both the Tajik and Chinese governments were satisfied with the agreement.

Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov signed the deal last week during a visit to China.

Russian border guards responsible for keeping watch on the Tajik-Chinese border yesterday announced they would turn over those responsibilities to Tajik border guards at the end of June.