Bishkek, 19 September 2022 (TDI): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan issued a statement regarding the border dispute between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on 18 September.

Statement by Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic stated that it considered it obligatory to state that it viewed the events that took place on September 14-16 on its sovereign territory as a pre-planned armed act of hostility by the Republic of Tajikistan against Kyrgyzstan.

Forty-six citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic were killed, 140 were injured, and about 140 thousand people were subjected to forced evacuation as a result of the inhuman actions of the Republic of Tajikistan, according to the Tajik Foreign Ministry.

In contrast to the Tajik side, which treacherously infringed on Kyrgyzstan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, the Kyrgyz Republic responded solely from a defensive posture and had no desire to seize foreign land, reaffirming Tajikistan’s legitimate territorial claims on the Tajik side claimed.

The Foreign Ministry also said that the Kyrgyz side demanded that the Tajik side should give up its fruitless efforts to intrude on Kyrgyz Republic territory and its pursued objectives of aggravating the situation in the border region.

Kyrgyz-Tajik dispute

The former Soviet republics fought each other over a border dispute from September 14 to 16, claiming the other had attacked outposts and nearby communities with tanks, mortars, rocket artillery, and assault drones.

Despite a ceasefire agreement, the two small, impoverished, landlocked countries have accused one another of resuming hostilities in a disputed region.

Despite these recent skirmishes between the two Central Asian States, the two sides agreed on a truce on September 16.

On September 18, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, telephoned the leaders of Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmon, and the Kyrgyz Republic, Sadyr Japarov, to urge them to take action to defuse the situation and prevent further escalation.