Uzbekistan moves to calm tensions with Tajikistan

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Confrontation, International, Politics, Region, Tajikistan

Uzbekistan on Monday said it had resumed supplies of gas to energy-starved Tajikistan after a two-week cut in deliveries heightened simmering tensions between the two ex-Soviet neighbours.

Analysts had warned that Tajikistan — which has few energy resources of its own and imports almost all its gas from Uzbekistan — risked seeing factories shut down if the taps were not turned back on.

Tensions have long been rumbling over Tajikistan’s controversial plan to build a hydro-electric power plant which Dushanbe says is the only way to relieve chronic energy shortages, but which Tashkent says will rob Uzbek farmers of water.

via Uzbekistan moves to calm tensions with Tajikistan.

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