|Kyrgyz Tajik saw in the actions of Uzbek attempts to “stifle” Tajikistan|
|May 31, 2010, 16:58|
|CA-NEWS (TJ) - Tajikistan Embassy in Bishkek, published on its website the full text of the address of the Association of Kyrgyz and Tajiks Tajik students studying in Kyrgyz universities, who organized last week authorized a protest in front of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Bishkek. The picketing, according to the Tajik diplomatic mission, attended by over 60 people.
“Recently there has been unfriendly policies on the part of Uzbekistan with regard to Tajikistan, which only contributes to the deterioration of good relations between the brotherly countries and peoples, – the statement says. – Many of the country and abroad send humanitarian aid to victims of natural disasters to the population of Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan tries to block their timely delivery. “
The authors, referring to the media, reported that on May 18, Uzbekistan on its territory delays and do not allow more than 2000 cars with food, construction materials and humanitarian cargoes destined to people in affected regions of Tajikistan.
“One gets the feeling that the Uzbek authorities deliberately keep such a hostile policy towards Tajikistan, in every way trying to” stifle “it, including the cost” – the statement says.
The authors express concern about the difficult social and humanitarian situation in Tajikistan, stressed that “the embargo against Uzbekistan in Tajikistan will further complicate the situation and could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.”
May 27, 2010
BISHKEK — About 50 Tajik students and members of Kyrgyzstan’s Tajik Association picketed the Uzbek Embassy in Bishkek today to demand the full resumption of rail traffic between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.
According to the protesters, hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid intended for the victims of recent landslides and floods in Tajikistan are held up at the Uzbek-Tajik border as the Uzbek authorities refuse to allow cross-border rail traffic.
The protesters handed a petition to an Uzbek Embassy official.
Uzbekistan has described the rail delays as technical, but Dushanbe has accused Tashkent of deliberately blocking the shipments.