Uzbekistan has concentrated on the border with Tajikistan, heavy military equipment – tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs), reported April 13 Ozodi (Tajik Service of Radio Liberty), with reference to the inhabitants of transfrontier Matcha Sogd district of Tajikistan.
, Told radio station by telephone a resident of the Tajik village Padroh Istambek Rozikov, the accumulation of military vehicles seen in the town Sardob. This fact alerted local residents.
“A week ago, on the other side of barbed wire could be seen only Uzbek border guards, and now we see that they have accumulated tanks, armored personnel carriers, and BIP” – said Rozikov.
“We usually Pacem cattle off the coast of the channel on the border with Uzbekistan. Now you can see how their armored vehicles lined up near the border. I have personally seen them fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and “Hummers” with machine guns, submachine, “- said another resident of the district Rahim Matcha Rakhimov. According to him, “the height of the barbed wire over a week ago was much higher.”
He could not give an exact number of armored vehicles, but “it is clear that they are lined up at a distance of 10-15 meters from each other.” According to Rakhimov, on the other side of the border can be seen a large number of military personnel.
Interlocutor Ozodi reported that accumulation of military and technology seen in the perimeter “of the town Sardob to [the village] Akhunbabaev”, which is about 16-17 kilometers.
“Avesta” version pushes that Uzbekistan intends to achieve transmission of Tajikistan’s hydroelectric dams Farkhad: Farkhad dam is operated in Tajikistan, and hydropower with the same name is located on the territory of Uzbekistan.
To confirm or refute their sources of information Ozodi addressed to the Office of the border troops in Tajikistan, but the head of the press-service management Hushnud Rahmatulloev said the lack of credible reports about the concentration of armor on the border line.
Rahmatulloev also said that at present in Sughd representatives of law enforcement agencies of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to hold talks on border security.
Note that in recent years, relations between the two countries is seriously complicated. Back in 2000, after repeated attacks by militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) Uzbekistan unilaterally mined the number of mountain sections of the border with Tajikistan, and a map of the Tajik side of the mined areas are not provided. As a result of the explosions the Uzbek mines killed more than a hundred Tajiks, hundreds of people and animals have been injured. At the same time unilaterally between the two countries visa regime was introduced.
In autumn 2009, Uzbekistan announced a unilateral withdrawal from the Unified Energy System of Central Asia, which could deprive Tajikistan opportunity to receive Turkmen electricity. In December of that year, Tashkent launched a sort of “rail war” against Tajikistan, eliminating the movement of passenger trains, coming through the Tajik Sughd.
November 17, 2011 Uzbekistan announced an explosion on a railway bridge, after which the movement of all passenger and freight trains at this station was discontinued , and the south of Tajikistan, was virtually under siege.
On March 4, 2012 Uzbekistan has stopped the transit of goods through the territory of Tajikistan, and in late March, Tajik railway workers learned that their Uzbek colleagues dismantle connecting the two countries the railway.
After that, Dushanbe accused Tashkent of provoking a “social tension and unrest growing population of the country against the leadership of Tajikistan.” The statement of the Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by the way, and said that “the Uzbek side, contrary to all international norms and sufficient grounds ultimatum requires the transfer of its ownership of the site boundary” Farkhad dam “to the territory, which means nothing else than the attempt to annex sovereign territory of Tajikistan. ”
April 3, Uzbek President Islam Karimov held an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, which discussed relations with Tajikistan. The next day, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev issued a statement in which he stressed that his country’s position “is absolutely justified, fully compliant with international law, and any claims of the Tajik parties are baseless.”