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Kazakhs Allow Trucks Into Kyrgyzstan After Weeks Of Delay

The Ak-Jol/Korday border crossing between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (file photo)
BISHKEK -- Kazakh officials have allowed a group of trucks to enter Kyrgyzstan after holding many of them at the border for weeks, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kyrgyz businessmen had been complaining that dozens of trucks bound for Kyrgyzstan were stopped without explanation by Kazakh customs officials at the Konusbaev checkpoint on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border and at the Hargos checkpoint on the Kazakh-Chinese border.

Most of the trucks were coming from China, Turkey, and Iran. Many had been kept at the border since February 1.

Some businessmen were told that the delay was connected to Kazakhstan's membership in the customs union with Russia and Belarus, which came into force on January 1 and created changes in customs procedures.