There are tensions between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan due to land, agricultural irrigation, animal grazing, smuggling, common road use and unauthorized crossings at the border. Kyrgyzstan had closed its customs gates with Tajikistan from May 21, 2021, until the border issue was resolved.
26 PEOPLE DIED BY BOTH SIDES
In the statement made by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, it was reported that 24 citizens lost their lives in the clashes between the two countries. Since Wednesday, the number of injured on the Kyrgyzstan side has increased to 103. Tajikistan authorities, on the other hand, announced that 2 soldiers lost their lives and 11 people were injured in the clashes. Thus, the total number of people who lost their lives in both countries during the clashes on the border rose to 26 and the number of injured to 114.
KYRGYZS DECLARED A State of Emergency
In the statement made by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyzstan, it was reported that an emergency was declared in the Batken region in order to establish peace on the border with Tajikistan, to ensure the safety of citizens, to carry out evacuation, to prevent deaths and to mobilize the relevant forces. Batken Region Governor Abdikarim Alimbayev stated that two villages that were disconnected during the conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were reached. Alimbayev said, “The night passed calmly in the region. But the situation is severe. Tajik soldiers evacuated the Kyrgyz villages. Kyrgyz troops entered the villages. We will work with the Tajik side on the border until the situation stabilizes.” used the phrases.
“TACHIKS SET THEIR HOUSES ON FIRE”
In a statement made by the Kyrgyzstan Border Guard Service, it was stated that the situation at the border was extremely tense. It was noted that the relevant authorities from both countries continue to work on coordinating the actions of the power units in order to stabilize the situation as soon as possible. In addition, it was stated that during the ceasefire process, the citizens of Tajikistan’s Bogdari village set their homes on fire, adding that “Such actions of Tajik citizens are a deliberate provocation to accuse the Kyrgyz side of damaging their homes.”
On the other hand, Kyrgyzstan had evacuated more than 135,000 citizens from conflict zones.
TURKEY IN ACTION
Finally, Turkey stepped in for the solution of the problem between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and pointed out the way of dialogue. In the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was stated that the tension should be ended before it escalates. On the other hand, it was learned that President Erdoğan is closely following the developments in the region.