UzbekistanOctober 2012 |
Relations between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have continued to worsen in recent years. From 2001 Uzbekistan started requiring Tajikistan's citizens to obtain visas prior to arrival and planted mines along certain parts of the border. Uzbekistan has stepped up what its neighbour believes is a blockade, raising tariffs on transiting goods and frequently blocking rail shipments. Cargo transit tariffs have been raised by Uzbekistan four times over the last two years. Only two out of the total 16 border crossings are open. The main reason for the resentment is water rights. Tajik President aims to build the world's tallest hydropower station, but the Uzbek president has pledged to stop the project by whatever means. We see little room for improvement in relations between the two nations over our forecast period.
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