Kyrgyzstan's ethnic cauldron

Borders drawn up decades ago continue to fuel mistrust in Fergana Valley.

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    Last month's ethnic clashes that rocked Kyrgyzstan were mostly centred in the Fergana Valley, a densely-populated and ethnically-diverse region, split between Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

    The borders were drawn up by Soviet planners in the 1920s and became a source of tension after the Soviet collapse in 1991.

    Kyrgyzstan's Batken province, for example, is dotted with enclaves that belong to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

    As Robin Forestier-Walker reports, the borders are fuelling mistrust between the communities.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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