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Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan: Land and Water Conflicts

Kyrgyzstan---Road-from-Osh-to-Tajikistan-Border-45By Svetlana Valieva

Lasting only an hour, a cross-border exchange of fire  (dubbed by some as the first war of 2014) occurred on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on January 11. The incident near the Vorukh settlement included the use of mortars and grenade launchers, with 8 border guards wounded. Poor relations between the two neighboring states, exacerbated by an ongoing dispute over a partly-demarcated border, triggered the escalation. Both land and water are vital to the economies of the two poorest Central Asian states, and both sides fiercely defend their access to cropland and pastures. (more…)

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