Situation stabilizes: Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan announce ceasefire

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have been at odds over the course of their border, and conflicts have repeatedly arisen.

Situation stabilizes: Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan announce ceasefire

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have been at odds over the course of their border, and conflicts have repeatedly arisen. In the last few days, the dispute has escalated to a new level. Around 100 people are dead, more than 100,000 are fleeing. Now there should be a ceasefire.

After six days of fierce fighting that left dozens dead, the Central Asian ex-Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed on a ceasefire. The protocol was signed on Monday by the heads of the two countries' secret services, Russian agencies reported. Troops and heavy weapons should be withdrawn from the border, it said.

The situation in the Kyrgyz border region of Batken is gradually stabilizing, said the head of the State Committee for National Security, Kamychbek Tashiyev. His counterpart from Tajikistan, Saymumin Yatimov, said: "We are convinced that genuine peace is now returning to our state borders." Their meeting took place at the Guliston border crossing point.

According to official information on the Kyrgyz side, at least 59 people have been killed and 164 injured since the fighting broke out on September 14. According to this, 136,000 people had to be brought to safety from the crisis area in Batken province. Tajikistan reported 41 dead. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 30 years ago, the two high-mountain countries have been at odds at numerous points over their almost 1000-kilometer border. The neighbors have only come to an agreement for about 60 percent of the course, they disagree on the rest. While in the past the clashes were localized, this time there were a large number of conflict spots where heavy weapons were also used.

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