New York, 22 September 2022 (TDI): The Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Muratbek Azymbakiev, met with the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell on September 20.

This meeting was on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Both parties discussed the situation that has developed as a result of an act of armed aggression by Tajikistan against Kyrgyzstan.

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Discussion of the meeting

The Kyrgyz official, Muratbek Azymbakiev, brought to the attention of High Representative Josep Borrell, a reliable chronology of the events of 14-17 September 2022.

Azymbakiyev also reported about 59 victims, more than 160 injured, more than 140 thousand internally displaced people, destruction of several social and civil infrastructure facilities, including schools and residential buildings, and facts of seizure and looting of state property and property of Kyrgyz citizens.

Moreover, he emphasized the commitment of the Kyrgyz side to de-escalation and an unchanged position on resolving the situation directly through political and diplomatic means.

He also drew the attention of Josep Borrell to the fact that the Kyrgyz side acted solely for self-defence and protection of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan from another unprovoked invasion of the Tajik armed forces.

Furthermore, Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU, expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

Borrell also noted that he was following the development of the situation with seriousness and responsibility, called for its de-escalation, and also noted the importance of resolving it as early as possible only through a constructive peaceful dialogue between the parties.

The two dignitaries also discussed issues on the bilateral agenda, including plans for the near future to organize visits and events at various levels and trade and economic cooperation.