12 Feb 2010 18:53

Uzbekistan resumes gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan - ministry

BISHKEK. Feb 12 (Interfax) - Uzbekistan will fully resume gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan from February 13, the Kyrgyzstan Energy Ministry's spokesperson told Interfax on Friday.

"Today the Kyrgyz Government transferred $4.8 million to Uztransgaz," the spokesperson said.

"Kyrgyzgaz repaid 90% of its debt to the Uzbek supplier of natural fuel," the spokesperson said. "Currently, the company still owes no more than $400,000. Following the talks between the Kyrgyzgaz and Uztransgaz managers on Friday, the gas supplies to the country's south will resume from February 13 this year," the spokesperson said.

Uzbekistan has limited its gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan since early February, leading to the country's southern regions being cut off from fuel supplies. On February 11 Uztransgas sent a telegram to Kyrgyzstan about further cuts in gas supplies.