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Uzbekistan Halts Gas Supplies To Tajikistan

Tajik households are without gas.
DUSHANBE (Reuters) -- Uzbekistan has halted natural gas supplies to neighboring Tajikistan due to an $18 million debt, leaving all Tajik households without gas, a source at the Tajik state gas company has said.

"Households have been switched off completely," the source said. "[Aluminium producer] TALCO and [cement maker] Tajikcement are receiving gas from local deposits."

The source said Tajikistan was in talks with Uzbekistan to renew supplies and postpone debt repayment.

The two countries are at odds over a number of issues including energy and water resources.

Uzbekistan this week also reduced gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan, another former Soviet Central Asian republic, for the same reason.