After tragic skirmishes at the Tajikistan border last week, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov urged his nation to place its trust in its armed forces and strategic allies and declared there was no need for volunteer forces there.
Between September 14 and September 16, a battle involving tanks, aircraft, and rocket artillery on a contentious border area in Kyrgyzstan’s Batken province resulted in at least 100 fatalities.
On a day of national mourning, Japarov stated, “We continue our efforts to resolve the Kyrgyz-Tajik border issues in a strictly peaceful way.”
“An additional point I’d like to make is that I advise restraint among the men and young people who are prepared to travel to Batken. We have strong warriors and enough forces to fend off border intruders.
Japarov also urged the Kyrgyz to be wary of “provocateurs who disparage our friendly nations, strategic allies, and those who share our viewpoint.”
Separately, according to a statement made by the ruler of Tajikistan’s Sogdiyskaya district, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have both agreed to withdraw further military equipment and personnel from the border.
The border dispute will continue to be resolved, according to both parties.
The Kyrgyz authorities also said that they had successfully negotiated the release of four border guards who had been taken prisoner by Tajik forces earlier in the battle.
The foreign ministry of Tajikistan repeated its stance that Kyrgyzstan was the aggressor and stated that dialogue was the key to ending the situation.
Sodik Emomi, the deputy foreign minister, revealed at a briefing that ethnic Tajiks who were not Tajik citizens were being held captive in Kyrgyzstan and that Kyrgyz drones had been detected overnight flying into Tajik territory.
The Soviet Union attempted to partition Central Asia into groupings, whose settlements were frequently mixed in with those of other nationalities. This led to many of the boundary disputes in the region today.
Over the past 20 years, there have been more than 230 border incidents between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, according to Emomi, and the most recent battle was concentrated in a 2,000 square kilometer area (772 square miles).
Both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, two former Soviet republics, are allies of Moscow and are home to Russian military installations. Russia has refrained from taking a side in the dispute and has urged all parties to find a peaceful solution.
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