BISHKEK / BATKEN. Kyrgyz and Tajik authorities said today they are removing custom posts from the Tajik enclave of Vorukh in Kyrgyzstan. An RFE/RL correspondent said that local authorities of Kyrgyzstan's Batken region had already removed the posts. Authorities from Tajikistan's Soghd region promised to remove the posts by tomorrow. Shadybek Bakybekov, a representative of the Batken regional administration, told RFERL today that the Kyrgyz custom posts in the disputed border areas have been removed in accordance with an agreement between the Batken and Soghd regional administrations. The move represents an effort to ease tensions between the two bordering regions. On Friday, some 300 residents of Tajikistan's Vorukh enclave destroyed a newly established Kyrgyz border post between the regions of Soghd and Batken.
In response, about 100 residents of the Kyrgyz village of Koekterek (in the Aksai village municipality) entered Tajik territory and destroyed the Jakoruk (Jekeoruk) border post, overturning some vehicles.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan held several sessions of border talks in November and December. Parts of their border remain disputed. The next round of meetings of the Kyrgyz-Tajik inter-governmental commission on border delimitation issues will be held in the Tajik capital Dushanbe in March, 2003.