Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Agree to Resolve Border Dispute Without Third Party’s Mediation

Kyrgyz officials on Tuesday emphasized that there was no need for the intervention of a third party to resolve its border dispute with Tajikistan, as they are capable of handling the situation by themselves.  

The Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Japarov in a press briefing said that President Sadyr Japarov met with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon in the opening ceremony of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, and both sides discussed border issue.

Japarov said that the two leaders agreed to resolve the border issue without the intervention of the third party, branding it an issue between the two neighbors that should be resolved by themselves.

“Both the Presidents ordered the related ministries to take concrete steps and also resume negotiations on the delimitation and demarcation of the border,” Japarov added.

The negotiation had been suspended recently following skirmish between the border guards of the two sides, but Japarov said the officials are working hard to resume the talks.

The negotiation team also agreed to regulate the issue without a third party’s intervention, Japarov added.

On January 28, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agreed to a ceasefire after shootouts at their contested border that left two Tajik citizens dead.

The citizens of the two Central Asian Republics often engaged in clashes over land and water supplies, with border guards often drawn into the conflicts.

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