Kazakhstan, Russia to complete border delimitation, use topo maps

Kazakhstan, Russia to complete border delimitation, use topo maps

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Kazakh Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov said it is important to complete negotiations over the delimitation of the state border with Russia. The Kazakh Cabinet on Wednesday discussed “problems that have arisen at the final stage of delimitation of the Russian-Kazakh border,”as well as the definition of the status of disputable stretches of the border, says a press-release circulated after the Cabinet meeting.

“The prime minister instructed the ministries and organizations concerned to conduct the dialogue with Russian colleagues constructively and in the spirit of friendship and mutual understanding, defending Kazakhstan’s interests step-by-step, and in strict accordance with the law and uniform topographical maps,” says the press-release.

Akhmetov said the delimitation agreement must be signed in 2004, as stated in the Kazakh and Russian presidents’ joint statement, adopted in early January, 2004.

Kazakh and Russian experts are still to delimit a stretch of about 300 kilometers of the 7,000 kilometer-long joint border.

The Kazakh-Russian border is the world’s longest state border.