Skip to content

Old problems, New Barriers

16 luglio 2010

Astana Fencing Off Kyrgyzstan

Following the spring unrest in Kyrgyzstan, Astana has constructed a new barrier along portions of its southern border. Kazakh officials say the fence will keep out smugglers.

The coils of concertina wire abut a major East-West highway near Tokmok. In one place, the new border demarcation divides a Kyrgyz gas station from the road, leaving it rusting in a no-man’s-land.

Tensions with Astana flared after the April 7 uprising in Bishkek. In response, Astanaunilaterally closed the border for weeks, doing untold damage to Kyrgyzstan’s economy.

Some have speculated that construction of the fence was a condition of membership in the newCustoms Union among Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

In an episode eerily similar to the regular violence along the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border, a shoot-out near a Kazakh-Kyrgyz frontier post left two dead earlier this week. The Kyrgyz shepherds were attempting to illegally export horses, Kazakh border officials said.

Fonte: http://www.eurasianet.org/node/61538

Annunci
No comments yet

Rispondi

Inserisci i tuoi dati qui sotto o clicca su un'icona per effettuare l'accesso:

Logo WordPress.com

Stai commentando usando il tuo account WordPress.com. Chiudi sessione / Modifica )

Foto Twitter

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Twitter. Chiudi sessione / Modifica )

Foto di Facebook

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Facebook. Chiudi sessione / Modifica )

Google+ photo

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Google+. Chiudi sessione / Modifica )

Connessione a %s...

%d blogger hanno fatto clic su Mi Piace per questo: