Heads of Tajik and Kyrgyz working groups for solving border issues meet in Isfara

21/02/2014 11:16
Avaz Yuldoshev
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DUSHANBE, February 21, 2014, Asia-Plus -- Heads of Tajik and Kyrgyz working groups, set up for consideration of border issues, are meeting in the Tajik northern city of Isfara today, an official source at the Sughd regional administration told Asia-Plus Friday morning.

According to him, the meeting that is expected to take place in the afternoon will be held behind closed doors.

We will recall that the last meeting of the Tajik-Kyrgyz intergovernmental commission for demarcation and delimitation of disputed segments of mutual border, co-chaired by Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Murodali Alimardon and Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Tokon Mamytov, was held in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on February 15.

The meeting reportedly discussed the results of the work carried out by the joint working groups in disputed areas on the Isfara stretch of the Tajik-Kyrgyz border from February 5 to February 10.

During the previous meeting that took place in Bishkek on January 31, Alimardon and Mamytov agreed the two countries' working groups on border delimitation must expedite their activities.

Three working groups have been set up: 1) the group for military and border issues; 2) the group for the border demarcation and delimitation issues; and 3) the group for use of border roads.

On the Tajik side, the group for military and border issues is co-chaired by Sherali Khairulloyev, Aide to the President of Tajikistan for National Security Affairs, the group for the border demarcation and delimitation issues is co-chaired by Mahmadtohir Zokirov, Chairman of the State Committee on Land Management and Geodesy, and the group for use of border roads is co-chaired by Khairullo Asozoda, Minister of Transport.

The next meeting of the Tajik-Kyrgyz intergovernmental commission for demarcation and delimitation of disputed segments of mutual border is expected to take place in Dushanbe in early March.

Five Kyrgyz border guards, one Kyrgyz policeman, and two Tajik border guards were hospitalized with injuries on January 11 after tensions escalated into exchanges of gunfire along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.  The clash started when Tajiks protested Kyrgyzstan’s construction of a bypass road through a disputed area.  Tajikistan has requested to halt the construction of the road until the border is delimited.

Kyrgyzstan recalled its ambassador to Tajikistan and unilaterally closed border crossing points (BCPs) on its common border with Tajikistan

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