In Kyrgyzstan, they reported about a complete cessation of shooting on the border with Tajikistan. The corresponding statement on Friday, April 30, was made by the plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz government in the Batken region, Omurbek Suvanaliev.
“Shooting on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border has been completely stopped. Equipment and heavy weapons from firing positions will be redeployed to their initial position, ”the 24.kg portal quoted him as saying.
Suvanaliev said that the situation in the conflict zone is stabilizing, but it is too early to say that the situation has completely leveled off.
“The consequences of a military clash are very grave. I would like to note that the Tajiks removed bulldozers from the Arka village in the Leilek region, ”he said.
The military conflict took place on one of the sections of the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan the day before. It was preceded by a conflict between local residents in the area of the Golovnoy water distribution point, the ownership of which is disputed by both parties.
Both republics have pulled additional military forces to the section of the border where the shootout took place. It was clarified that five border posts were attacked, one of them started a fire.
By the evening, the parties were able to agree on a ceasefire from 17:00 Moscow time. They committed themselves to withdrawing forces to the places of their former deployment.
However, on April 30, skirmishes resumed on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. Tajik security forces fired at the village of Kyzyl-Bel in the area bordering Kyrgyzstan. Later it became known that the parties decided to withdraw their troops from the state border line.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow welcomes the agreements reached between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to end the clashes.
As a result of the conflict, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Development of Kyrgyzstan, 13 people died and 134 people were injured. In addition, dozens of residential buildings, a school and a frontier post were burned down in Kyrgyzstan.
The Tajik media reported about 90 injured and about 10 dead from the Tajik side, while there is no official confirmation of the information.