Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and Transcaucasia

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1997

Oct. 16: In Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 70 unknown gunmen attacked the headquarters of the presidential guards, killing 14 soldiers. [10/17 NYT]

In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstani president Askar Akayev and Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma signed an agreement to promote free trade between the two countries. [10/17 FBIS]

Oct. 28: Armed detachments of Colonel Mahmud Khgudoberdyyev's forces killed two Tajikistani presidential guards and injured nine Tajikistani soldiers during clashes near the Tajikistani border with Uzbekistan. Tajikistani government sources reported that 30 of Khgudoberdyyev's men had been killed. [10/29 FBIS]

Nov. 8: Kazakstan officially shifted its capital from Almaty to the more centrally located Akmola. [11/9 NYT]

Nov. 12: In Almaty, Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze and Kazakstani president Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a bilateral declaration on cooperation in petroleum industries, health, education, and trade. [11/14 FBIS]

Nov. 16: Kazakstani president Nazarbayev met US president Bill Clinton in Washington to discuss regional issues. [11/17 FT]

Nov. 17: In Washington, Kazakstan and the United States signed a bilateral defense agreement. [11/18 FT]

Nov. 18: In Dunshabe, unknown kidnappers abducted two French nationals. [11/21 FT]

Nov. 19: In Geneva, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), representatives of Georgia and the break-away province of Abkhazia signed a statement reaffirming commitments to refrain from the use of force. …

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