Kyrgyzstan announces trend towards stabilization of conflict on border

The situation on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan remains tense, but is gradually returning to normal. This was announced on Saturday, September 17, by the Kyrgyz border service.

“As of 08:00 (05:00 Moscow time) on September 17, 2022, the situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik section of the state border is characterized as tense with a tendency to stabilize,” the report says.

The night was reported to have passed “quietly, without incident.” According to the information of the department, the personnel of the units of the border service of the State Committee for National Security in the Batken region continue to serve in an enhanced regime.

The day before, the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan announced 24 dead as a result of clashes on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. Also reported about 87 victims.

At the same time, Tajikistan claims that four Tajik citizens were killed during the shelling of an ambulance by the Kyrgyz military in Isfara.

On September 16, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan created a joint commission to monitor the observance of the ceasefire in the border areas. Bishkek and Dushanbe agreed on a ceasefire from 07:00 Moscow time on September 16. Immediately after that, the border service of Kyrgyzstan accused the Tajik side of violating the agreements.

On the same day, the European Union called on the republics to ensure the observance of the ceasefire. The EU Foreign Service confirmed its intention to continue to provide assistance to achieve stability in the region.

The situation on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan escalated on the night of September 16. Armed clashes broke out along the entire perimeter of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. As Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier, Moscow is ready to help Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan resolve border issues.

The border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan periodically becomes a zone of conflict between local residents and border guards of the two countries. The reason for this is the areas where it is impossible to determine how the border between states lies.

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