Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan reportedly reach agreement on resolving recent border incident

08/08/2015 18:21
Avaz Yuldoshev
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DUSHANBE, August 8, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan have reportedly reached agreement on resolving the recent border incident.

An official source at the Isfara mayor’s office says that as a result of negotiations residents of the Tajik village of Chorkuh have agreed to reopen a road that residents of the Kyrgyz village of Kok-Tash use to reach a cemetery where relatives are buried and Kyrgyz residents of Kok-Tash have agreed to unblock the flow of water to the Tajik village of Chorkuh.

According to him, local authorities of both countries have committed themselves to carry out explanatory work among the population in order to prevent new conflicts between residents of border areas.

Meanwhile, Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service reports that Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have made progress in talks aimed at easing tensions over recent cross-border violence.

Kurbanbai Iskandarov, a member of the Kyrgyz delegation, told RFE/RL on August 7 that the talks had “brought some preliminary results.”  Iskandarov said the neighbors will sign a final agreement after both meet mutually agreed conditions.

We will recall that Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on August 6 agreed to institute criminal proceedings against instigators of the August 3-4 clashes between residents of border villages that left several people injured.

According to sources in Tajikistan’s Isfara district, 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.

An official at the Isfara mayor’s office says the crowd increased to about 500 people on August 4 and residents again threw stones, injuring several people on both sides.

RFE/RL’s Tajik Service quoted officials in Tajikistan's Isfara district as saying that six Tajik citizens were wounded by gunfire that rang out later on August 4.  Two of the wounded Tajiks are in grave condition, the officials said.

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