INHABITANTS OF BORDER TOWN OF KARASU FREELY CROSSING KYRGYZ-UZBEK FRONTIER

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MOSCOW, May 17 (RIA Novosti) - The citizens of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan can again freely cross the border between the two states passing through the town of Karasu, the Kyrgyz AKIpress Internet portal says.

According to the agency's information, "to do this, one should only show one's passport to the Kyrgyz border guards." The agency notes that "all the Uzbek border guards left their posts back on Saturday because there was still a threat to their security on the part of the Karasu residents."

The inhabitants pass by the restored bridge for pedestrians across the border Sharkhansai river mainly to buy foodstuffs.

There is no traffic yet on the automobile bridge situated half a kilometer from the pedestrian bridge.

"This section is also guarded only by the soldiers of Kyrgyzstan's Frontier Service. Two days ago the Karasu inhabitants seized the post from the Uzbek side, destroyed it, and threw all the things and furniture into the river. A bit later they set two automobiles on fire," the agency reports.

The mass disturbances moved to Karasu from another Uzbek city, Andizhan, on May 14.

An armed seizure of the prison and a number of government buildings occurred in Andizhan on the May 13 night. Troops entered the city later, and stormed and fully set the administration's building free.

According to the official data, ten people died as a result of the disturbances.

Foreign information agencies quoted physicians and human rights activists as speaking about hundreds of those killed.

The developments in Andizhan and Karasu caused a flow of refugees from Uzbekistan to neighboring Kyrgyzstan. On May 14 more than 500 people broke through the border cordon onto the Kyrgyz territory near Teshik-Tash settlement of the Suzak district of the Jalal Abad Region of Kyrgyzstan. A camp for refugees was organized in that district.

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