Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan accuse each other of truce violations
The border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is the scene of regular battles. Nearly half of the 970 kilometers of common border has been disputed since the breakup of the USSR.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on Saturday accused each other of new violations of the ceasefire that came into effect the day before, after deadly armed clashes on the border between the two Central Asian countries.
In a statement, Kyrgyz border guards said that the Tajik army fired four times in the morning, including mortars, at border military positions in Kyrgyzstan.
< p class="e-p">These incidents took place in the Kyrgyz regions of Osh and that of Batken, in the south of the country. Negotiations are expected between representatives of the border guards of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the statement said.
For their part, the Tajik border guards, quoted by the; official Khovar news agency, reported that the situation at the border was relatively stable.
But they also accused the Kyrgyz army of violations. Firing is being carried out on border areas of Tajikistan from the localities of Samarkandek and Koktoch in the [Kyrgyz] region of Batken, Tajik border guards said.
There are also sightings the deployment by the Kyrgyz army of additional reinforcements and weapons to the border, they added.
On Friday, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon held urgent talks on the sidelines of a regional Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan. They then agreed to a ceasefire.
Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov (left) and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon held talks Friday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) regional summit in Uzbekistan to end the armed conflict between their two countries. /p>
The latest toll on the Kyrgyz side is 24 dead and 103 injured during the clashes, according to the Ministry of Health. Kyrgyz authorities also refer to tens of thousands of displaced persons.
On Saturday morning, the Tajik Interior Ministry reported that civilians had been killed in Tajikistan during violations of the truce, without providing a number.
Shooting between the two countries earlier this week had already killed two Tajik border guards and injured several.
The border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is the scene of regular fighting. Almost half of the 970 kilometers of common border has been disputed since the breakup of the USSR.
In recent years, progress in delimiting them has been slow. In April 2021, an eruption of violence left over 50 dead and raised fears of a larger-scale conflict.