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Kyrgyz, Uzbek Officials Discuss Border Standoff

Kyrgyzstan says the heads of the Kyrgyz and Uzbek border guard services have met for the first time since a row erupted last week over a disputed area.

The Kyrgyz border guard service said on March 25 that the meeting took place at the Kyzyl-Kiya border crossing in another, quiet area, and that the meeting had been initiated by the Uzbek side.

On March 18, Uzbek authorities deployed troops, two armored personnel vehicles, and two military trucks in the Ala-Buka district. Kyrgyz authorities responded by sending troops and military equipment to the disputed area.

Reuters reported that four armored personnel vehicles, two on each side, and about 20 armed servicemen, also split equally, were in the area on March 25.

Kyrgyzstan called a meeting of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization to discuss the issue.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax

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