IWPR reports that Tajikistan is woefully behind in efforts to clear the country of landmines. Lack of funding is an issue. But worse than that, no-one seems to know exactly where Tajikistan ends and Uzbekistan begins.
"Uzbek border guards laid landmines along the border with Tajikistan in 1999 and 2000, but they have not yet handed over the maps marking their whereabouts," said Jonmahmad Rajabov head of the Centre for Landmine Issues. He adds, "Since the line where the border runs has not been defined, we cannot work there. We have no precise information [on where the mines are]...We don’t know why the Uzbeks haven’t yet started clearing mines on their own territory."