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Kazakh parliament approves border agreement with Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

 First deputy foreign minister of Kazakhstan addresses the country's lower chamber of Parliament in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sept. 12, 2018. EFE/MAZHILIS/KAZAKHSTAN LOWER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT

First deputy foreign minister of Kazakhstan addresses the country's lower chamber of Parliament in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sept. 12, 2018. EFE/MAZHILIS/KAZAKHSTAN LOWER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT

Astana, Sep 12 (EFE).- The Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament, or Mazhilis, on Wednesday gave the green light to an agreement among Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan fixing the tripoint of the Central Asian countries in a bid to avoid territorial disputes.

The treaty, which delimits the borders of southern Kazakhstan, sets the common border between these three states at the Ustyurt Plateau.

"Ratification and entry into force of the treaty will contribute to the completion of the process of delimitation of the state border of Kazakhstan with Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan," First Deputy Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi said.

The agreement "eliminates possible preconditions for the emergence of territorial disputes and strengthens the country's national security," he said

It was signed by the three Central Asian countries in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on Nov. 10, 2017.

The Mazhilis also approved an agreement for the demarcation of the 1,257-kilometer-long (785-mile) border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to make it legally binding and internationally recognized.

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