Friday, February 3, 2023

Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan agree to avoid escalation on border

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed to prevent aggravation of the situation on the border between the two countries, the Kyrgyz Border Guard Service has confirmed.

The head of the Kyrgyz border service Ularbek Sharsheyev and the commander of the Tajik border troops Rajabali Rahmonali met in the Kyrgyz village of Borborduk on Monday.

During the meeting, the heads of border guard agencies discussed the implementation of previously signed protocols to stabilize the situation in the border areas. In addition, they discussed the current situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border and noted directions for the development of bilateral border cooperation.

“As a result of the talks, the sides agreed to prevent actions that provoke aggravation of relations between the parties on the state border,” a representative of the border service said.

The representatives of border agencies also noted “the achieved positive results of joint activities in solving border issues” and agreed to continue the work of the joint working commission in 2023, according to the official.

“The parties were unanimous in the opinion that strengthening security and trust, maintaining calm and stability on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border is an important contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the Central Asian region,” the representative added.

The Kyrgyz-Tajik border, not demarcated since the Soviet Union’s breakdown, frequently becomes a zone of clashes. The last time the situation on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border escalated was in September. As a result of the clashes, Kyrgyzstan reported at least 63 people dead and 198 injured, while Tajikistan said 41 people were killed and 30 injured.

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