Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan accuse each other of violating a ceasefire

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan accuse each other of violating a ceasefire

Europe 1 with AFP

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan accused each other on Friday of violating the ceasefire, which has been in effect at the border since 4 p.m. local time and was agreed by their respective presidents after fierce fighting throughout the day. This escalation, which occurred on the border between the two countries, left more than 30 people injured.

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Friday accused each other of violating the border ceasefire, in place since 4 p.m.

“Despite a meeting between the leaders and the announcement of the ceasefire, the Kyrgyz side started (…) shooting at three villages in Tajikistan,” the Tajik border guard condemned. “The Tajik side violated the agreements reached and again opened fire on the positions of the border guards,” criticized their Kyrgyz counterparts, assessing the situation as “still tense.”

Russia expresses “concern”

That truce came after an escalation of clashes on the border between these two former Soviet republics in Central Asia that left more than 30 injured. While there have been regular clashes on the border between these two countries, which have been locked in a territorial dispute for years, recent violence has marked a noticeable intensification.

Russia on Friday expressed its “concern” over the violence, with its foreign ministry “urging both sides to take comprehensive and urgent measures to (…) put an end to any attempt at escalation.” According to Bishkek, Tajik forces on Friday shelled the border town of Batken in southwestern Kyrgyzstan in a disputed area between the two countries.

50 deaths in 2021

“Approaches to Batken Airport and (sites) on the outskirts of the city came under fire from multiple rocket launcher systems. Civilian infrastructure in the city of Batken was destroyed,” Kyrgyzstan border guard officials said in a statement.

Clashes between the two countries earlier this week left two Tajik border guards dead and several injured on both sides. The year 2021 has seen an unprecedented number of clashes between the two sides, which have killed more than 50 people and stoked fears of a widening conflict.

Reference: www.europe1.fr

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