Kazakhstan–Uzbekistan relations

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Kazakhstan – Uzbekistan relations
Map indicating locations of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan



Kazakhstan–Uzbekistan relations refers to the relations between the neighbouring Republic of Kazakhstan and Republic of Uzbekistan. The last President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has visited Kazakhstan several times.


Both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan were part of the Soviet Union before its official dissolution in 1991. At the start of the 21st century, 96% of the international border between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan had been determined. In 2001, after mutual agreements, the border line in only three disputed areas (Bagys, Arnasai and Nsan) remained undrawn. By September 2002, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan had fully resolved the course of their 2,440km-long shared border.[1]

Kazakhstan—Uzbekistan barrier[edit]

Map of Kazakhstan with Uzbekistan to the south

On 19 October 2006, Kazakhstan built 45km-long barrier along part of its border with Uzbekistan. The Kazakhstan–Uzbekistan barrier spans the Saryagash and Maktaaral administrative districts of southern Kazakhstan, and consists of a 2,5m-high barbed wire fence that includes searchlights.[2] The barrier is situated along the heavily populated towns and cities of eastern Uzbekistan. It was built to curb drug smuggling across the border.[3]

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  1. ^ "President N. Nazarbayev met with the President of Uzbekistan I. Karimov, who has arrived to Kazakhstan with an official visit". Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN. September 9, 2002. Archived from the original on February 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Kazakhstan To Fence Section Of Border". Radio Free Europe. October 19, 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  3. ^ Greenberg, Ilan (October 20, 2006). "Kazakhstan: Fence For Part Of Uzbek Border". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-12.