The death toll on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border has reached 39

Kyrgyzstan with Tajikistan The death toll in yesterday’s border clash rose to 39 and the number of injured to 153. Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov is scheduled to travel to the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, in May to discuss the border dispute.

The balance is rising after clashes over the use of water resources on the border separating the northern province of Sughd in Tajikistan and the Batken region in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz officials say the situation on the border has calmed down and the clashes are over.

According to the latest data, the total number of dead and injured in the clashes between the two countries rose to 39 and 153, respectively.

Kyrgyz President Japarov will leave for Tajikistan

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov had a telephone conversation with Tajik President Imamali Rahman and discussed the identification of disputed border points between the two countries and the settlement of tensions in the region.

During the meeting, Japarov expressed his determination to resolve interstate problems through dialogue and support the stable situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. It was noted that the leaders of the two countries agreed to hold talks in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, in May for a peaceful solution to the border issue.

Government delegations from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are expected to begin talks tomorrow on defining the disputed border areas in the Batken region.

What’s going on?

Clashes between citizens of the two countries over the use of a water source in the Isfara River, which separates the northern province of Sughd in Tajikistan and the Batken region in southern Kyrgyzstan, as a result of the intervention of security forces. Following the talks, officials from the two countries agreed to declare fire in Kyrgyzstan at 20:00 and withdraw troops from the border. The clashes ended at around 00.00.
Although Kyrgyzstan shares a 990-kilometer border with Tajikistan, there are sometimes armed clashes between citizens of the two countries and border guards due to disputed border areas.

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