BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on Saturday claimed another step towards ending the worst clashes on their shared border, as thousands of Kyrgyz protesters reportedly protested against what they called their central He called it an attempt to invade an Asian neighbor.
Clashes between communities over land and water along the long-fought border are common, with border guards often involved. However, this week’s violence was the most serious since the Central Asian couple’s 30 years of independence.
Kyrgyzstan’s health ministry says a shootout between the two militants on Thursday left 34 dead and 100 wounded.
Tajikistan, a closed dictatorial state, did not count the number of casualties during the three-day conflict, nor did it acknowledge the number of deaths.
The two presidents spoke on the phone on Thursday to maintain a unanimous ceasefire, but it broke down on Friday and Saturday.
Kyrgyzstan’s National Security Committee said it marked the start of a meeting of delegations chaired by the heads of the two countries’ respective national security committees, in which the couple agreed to set up working groups to help implement the ceasefire.
The committee said the groups would begin work on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Tajikistan’s Foreign Ministry later issued a statement endorsing the withdrawal agreement, noting that “brotherly countries” have “prepared themselves to resolve all existing border issues.” Has been announced. “
Any long-term agreement on the border in Kyrgyzstan could face resistance, with angry crowds of several thousand citizens rallying in central Bishkek to demand arms from the government to fight Tajiks across the border.
A statement issued by the National Security Council through Kyrgyz President Japarov’s office said it was impossible to meet the protesters’ demands because they were suffering the consequences.
By evening, the crowd had largely dispersed, according to an AFP correspondent.
Kyrgyzstan on Saturday declared two days of mourning for those killed in the conflict, which also saw the destruction of at least 30 properties in its southwestern Batken region.
Despite Thursday’s ceasefire, Kyrgyzstan’s National Security Committee said the Tajik army had “opened fire on houses” in the Lelek district of Batken on Saturday and was regrouping. The security committee said the Tajik army had also blocked a strategic section of the road.
He later noted that under the new agreement, traffic had resumed along the road.
Thousands of Kyrgyz were displaced from border villages on Thursday, many of whom were transferred to temporary shelters in Batken.
An AFP correspondent visited one such shelter – a school named after Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin – and saw doctors distributing medicine to homeless people as children lay on the school gym floor. Were
“Citizens from all corners of Kyrgyzstan sent” everything from food to bed “and socks,” said Siyatbek Erkibayev, a physical education teacher at the school.