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Uzbekistan Offers the Enclave of Sokh to Kyrgyzstan for $1 bln

Thursday 7 February 2013

BISHKEK (KyrTag) – Uzbekistan is making decision to sell the Sokh (Soh) enclave to Kyrgyzstan for $1 bln, Member of Parliament from «Ar-Namys» faction, Tursunbay Bakir Uulu informed KyrTAG on Thursday.

“Uzbekistan intends selling us the enclave of Sokh for $1 bln. I learnt this information from my acquaintances via social networks. According to this information 1 February President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov conducted a conference on discussing problems of near border zones and enclaves. During the conference, council of the President, Vyacheslav Golyshev brought up a suggestion to sell the enclave of Sokh to Kyrgyzstan for $1.5 bln”, Mr. Bakir Uulu said.

“However, President’s circle did not agree with this price, saying that Kyrgyzstan cannot afford it. After long discussions all members of the conference including Mr. Karimov determined the price of land at $1 bln”, he added.

“I have passed this information to plenipotentiary representative of the President in Jogorku Kenesh, Orozbek Moldaliyev”, Bakir Uulu said.

Bakir uulu noted that the Government and Parliament should take this information into account and find comprehensive ways of solving this question. “Not only the enclave of Sokh remains problematic in Kyrgyzstan, there are other areas, such as exclaves of Barak, Vorukh (Voruh) and others, which are located near borders. We must take complex solution of problems in these lands”, he noted.

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