Tajik authorities reported Thursday that at least 19 Tajik citizens were killed and 87 injured in recent clashes on the border with Kyrgyzstan.
This was confirmed by a spokesman for the regional government of Sughd, a province bordering Kyrgyzstan, in statements to the Russian news agency Sputnik. Local authorities have also indicated that three million somonis (around € 250,000) are being provided to help the victims’ families. Therefore, it is estimated that each family will receive around 10,000 euros.
In recent days, the Kyrgyz government has reported the deaths of at least 40 of its citizens and eight Tajiks in the clashes, as well as more than 200 wounded on both sides of the border.
About half of the 970-kilometer Kyrgyz-Tajik border has not yet been marked after the collapse of the Soviet Union, leading to disputes over the use of land and water resources.
The most recent escalation of violence in the region was sparked on April 28 after an altercation between a group of Tajiks and another from Kyrgyzstan when they tried to mount multiple surveillance cameras on a power pole near the border. What began as a brawl then triggered a stone throw that led to an exchange of fire between the parties the next day.
However, the two countries eventually agreed on a second ceasefire on April 30 to end hostilities.
The heads of government of both countries have dealt with the delimitation and demarcation of the border to resolve the disputes. After a round of talks, the parties signed a joint declaration in the city of Batken.
“In a spirit of mutual trust and good neighborliness, which refers to the long history of peaceful coexistence between the two sister peoples, an intensive exchange of views took place on the adoption of urgent measures to resolve the situation on the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan., Resumption and revitalization of the work of the joint commission “, takes up the text according to the 24.kg chain.
With this in mind, they emphasized the importance of “early description of a border at the border” between the two countries. To this end, the authorities have agreed to use documents and materials dating back to the 1924, 1927 and 1989 demarcation. The next meeting of the parties will take place in Tajikistan, as confirmed by the delegations.
In addition, the Kyrgyz government has announced that it will prepare a document to give the Batken region a special status. Prime Minister Ulukbek Maripov has indicated that the relevant decision has been “signed” and that it is now in the hands of Parliament “for consideration”.
“Once passed, the region will be given special status, including tax preferences,” said the prime minister, who has promised to build new homes for those who have “suffered” damage as a result of the fighting.
“We’re talking about 30 houses in Batken and 70 in Leilek districts. Now the commission is counting and as soon as it finishes its work, construction will start. We have to finish all the work before the cold arrives,” he said.
The president also ratified the law that establishes the country’s new constitution after 79.3 percent of the population voted for the updated version of the Basic Law – compared to 13.7 percent who voted against.
The referendum on the constitutional reform took place on April 11th along with local elections in large parts of the country. During the ceremony, authorities observed a minute’s silence in honor of the victims of the recent clashes at the border.