Kyrgyzstan confirms 24 dead in border clashes
The European Union welcomes the ceasefire and calls for the resolution of differences through peaceful and diplomatic means
MADRID, 16 (Moose Gazette)
The governments of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have reached a ceasefire this Friday after the clashes registered since Wednesday on the common border, as announced by the vice president of the Kyrgyz Parliament, Alisher Kozuev, hours after a first attempt at an agreement that collapsed in a matter of minutes after the outbreak of new fighting.
Kozuev stressed in statements to the Kyrgyz news agency 24.kg that parliamentarians have been informed of the negotiations between the security leadership of both countries and added that in recent hours there has also been a meeting with protesters who demand a response to the fighting on the border.
The clashes, of which both countries accuse each other and which have continued during the day this Friday, broke out on Wednesday and have left dozens of wounded, more than fifty on the Kyrgyz side, where at least 24 deaths have also been confirmed, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, collected by DPA.
After this, the European External Action Service of the European Union has sent its condolences to those affected by the escalation of tensions, something that it considers is “harmful to regional stability”.
“The European Union welcomes the ceasefire reached on Friday. We call on both parties to ensure the effective implementation of the ceasefire and spare no effort to de-escalate tensions and reach a sustainable solution,” the department said. EU diplomat.
Likewise, Brussels has reported that “diplomatic contacts” have been established with the authorities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, at the same time that it has invited both Asian nations to resolve their differences by peaceful means.
“The EU reiterates its offer to provide assistance, as well as continued active political support for the stability and prosperity of the region,” the European External Action Service concluded.
The border between the two countries, which extends for more than 970 kilometers, has been the scene of various clashes in recent years due to the fact that several points are not delimited, which causes disputes between Bishkek and Dushanbé over the control of said territories. .
This lack of clear demarcation has led to disputes over the use of land and water resources, with frequent clashes between border guards from one country and another and brawls between the communities that were separated after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.