Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan expected to sit at negotiating table at the scene of incident

05/08/2015 11:50
Avaz Yuldoshev
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DUSHANBE, August 5, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Representatives of the Isfara mayor’s office and local law enforcement agencies have begun assessing an actual damage caused by recent border incident to residents of the Tajik village of Somoniyon.

An official source at the Isfara mayor’s office says a special commission has been set up to go round to assess actual damage caused to residents of the Somoniyon village.

According to him, Kyrgyz citizens used Molotov cocktail and set fire to some houses in Somoniyon.

“Representatives of border services of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are expected to meet in Somoniyon at around 2:00 pm.  Tajikistan will be represented by Rajabali Pirakov, the deputy head of the Main Department of Border Guards under the State Committee for National Security,” the source said.

We will recall that according to some sources, the incident along the border started on August 3 when residents of the Kyrgyz village of Kok-Tash blocked the flow of water to the Tajik village of Chorkuh, which caused protests by Tajiks.  In response to this, residents of the Tajik village of Chorkuh blocked a road that Kyrgyz residents of Kok-Tash use to reach a cemetery where relatives are buried.

Some 200 people then gathered on both sides of the border on August 3 and threw stones at each other.

The sources say the crowd increased to about 500 people on August 4 and residents again threw stones, injuring several people on both sides.

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