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Kyrgyzstan Says Uzbek Border Guards To Begin Withdrawal From Disputed Territory

A view of the Ungar-Too disputed territory on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
BISHKEK -- Uzbek border guards are expected to begin withdrawing from disputed territory in Kyrgyzstan's southern province of Jalal-Abad on October 1.

Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Tokon Mamytov said Uzbek border guards will start dismantling a settlement they set up several days ago in Aqsy district. The agreement on the withdrawal was reached by Kyrgyz and Uzbek officials in Kyrgyzstan's province of Osh on September 30.

Uzbek border guards first appeared at the site of a local radio transmitter in Aqsy owned by Kyrgyztelecom in late September. Local residents say the guards raised the Uzbek national flag on top of the Ungar-Too mountain on the disputed territory last weekend.

About 300 kilometers of the 1,000-kilometer-long Kyrgyz-Uzbek border have remained in dispute since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.