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Uzbek Exclave In Southern Kyrgyzstan Opens Borders

Children in the village of Zardaly, in Batken (file photo)
BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan -- An exclave of Uzbekistan surrounded by Kyrgyzstan's southern Batken Oblast has been opened for transit of Kyrgyz vehicles and citizens, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Officials in the Batken Oblast administration told RFE/RL that the Sokh exclave would only stay open for vehicles for three days, until June 28, due to the referendum on Kyrgyzstan's new constitution scheduled for June 27.

People in Batken have to cross the exclave, which is under Uzbekistan's jurisdiction, when traveling to other parts of southern Kyrgyzstan.

Sokh officials closed their borders with Kyrgyzstan when ethnic clashes between local Uzbeks and Kyrgyz started on June 10 in the Osh region.