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Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Remains Closed

BISHKEK -- Officials in Uzbekistan continue to keep the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border closed, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Akylbek Nyshanov, the deputy chairman of the border guard service in southern Kyrgyzstan, told RFE/RL that Uzbekistan explains the current closure of the border by saying that there is foot-and-mouth disease in the region, which affects various kinds of livestock.

It is not clear when the border checkpoints will reopen.

At the end of August, Uzbekistan officially closed its border with its neighbors until September 10, explaining the action by citing the celebrations of Uzbekistan's independence day and the 2,200th anniversary of Tashkent, the Uzbek capital.