Kyrgyz President Urges Media Outlets Not To Insult Leaders of Neighboring Countries

President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov called on the media outlets to refrain from insulting the leaders of neighboring countries, as he intends to put an end to the issue of “delimitation and demarcation” of borders with the neighboring countries.

“We are not moving from the path of democracy, or trying to undermine freedom of speech, but it’s important to stop spreading false news which causes provocation,” Japarov said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Japarov said that “indeed, there is a border problem” and this has not been resolved in the past 30 years. “We need great care and foresight to resolve the border issues with our neighbors and negotiations are underway,” Japarov added. 

“I urge the media outlets and bloggers not to cross its ethical standards by distorting information and insulting the leaders of other countries when it comes to border issues,” the post reads.

Japarova said that the media could turn the situation into worse by spreading video and photo materials with incorrect information that also causes “quarrel between the two nations.”

Japarov furthered that he intends to resolve the “border issue” before the end of his presidency.  

Japarov’s remarks came after the latest violence along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border that occurred on April 12 and also a report that Kyrgyzstan began transporting heavy military equipment and soldiers to Ukraine to fight against Russian forces.

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