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  • Brendan Whyte
    From the International Herald Tribune, Fri 1 Sept. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/08/31/asia/AS_GEN_Turkmenistan_Kazakhstan_Border.php Turkmenistan,
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      From the International Herald Tribune, Fri 1 Sept.
      http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/08/31/asia/AS_GEN_Turkmenistan_Kazakhstan_Border.php


      Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan announce ratification of border agreement

      The Associated Press
      Published: August 31, 2006

      ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan The foreign ministers of Turkmenistan and
      Kazakhstan ratified agreements to define the border between the two
      resource-rich ex-Soviet Central Asian states, officials said Thursday.

      The documents formalize the border between the two neighbors, more
      than a decade after they became independent states following the 1991
      Soviet collapse.

      Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and his Kazakh counterpart,
      Kasymzhomart Tokayev, on Thursday swapped the agreements marking the
      426 kilometer (236 mile) border that crosses the eastern shore of the
      oil and gas-rich Caspian sea, the government's press service said.

      The ministers stressed that the two countries had never had border
      disputes, an exception among the five ex-Soviet Central Asian states
      often engaged in squabbles and conflicts about their borders.

      Tokayev also met with Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov to discuss
      cooperation in transporting natural gas and oil. Earlier this month,
      Niyazov announced that a pipeline designed to deliver Turkmen natural
      gas to China would be opened by Jan. 1, 2009. Kazakhstan inaugurated
      an oil pipeline to China in December.

      Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan are the second- and fourth-biggest gas
      producers in the former Soviet Union, respectively, and their vast
      resources are playing an increasingly important role in regional geopolitics.



      Brendan
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