Topographical or topographical groups of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have agreed on the designation of another 24 kilometers of the border. The meeting of the parties took place from November 29 to December 5 this year in Boston, Tajikistan.
The official “Khovar” news agency wrote on Tuesday, citing the State Committee for National Security, that “the meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere and a protocol was signed.” The Kyrgyz government published a similar text in a statement and said that “the next meeting will be held in Kyrgyzstan.”
From October this year to the second half of November, the topographical groups of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan generally agreed on the designation of 75 kilometers of the border. What the Tajik and Kyrgyz authorities do not say, and which has become a source of concern for some border residents, is what the disputed part of the border includes in the agreement of the parties.
Saimumin Yatimov, the head of the State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan, on December 1 this year, in a speech in the presence of his Kyrgyz counterpart Kamchibek Toshiev, said only that they reached an agreement in principle on the issues of using facilities in the disputed territories .
He said: “Kyrgyzstan will have permanent access to all the facilities it has on our territory, but the territory will remain from the Republic of Tajikistan. All the facilities that the Republic of Tajikistan has on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic will be forever and always used by Tajikistan. but the lands remain the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.”
Yatimov did not name any of the facilities, but at the moment he said that two main issues, one of which is the use of the Vorukh-Khojai Alo road in Isfara, have been almost resolved. This road has been blocked many times by the residents of the Kyrgyz border villages, and dozens of times there have been fights and bloodshed between the residents of the two sides. He did not explain the fate of this road and how the issue was resolved.
The chairman of the Tajik delegation also said that the method of using the Dosti reservoir, which is called Tortkul in Kyrgyzstan, is the same as the method of using the Vorukh-Khojai-Ala road. This reservoir was built in the 70s of the last century with the aim of irrigating the lands of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and both sides have claimed and fought over it.
Kamchibek Toshiyev, head of the National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan, also said: “We have made some important decisions, and these decisions bring us closer together.” The next meeting will be held in Bodkand, and our state commissions will work without a break. That’s why I think we are very close to making the whole decision (about the border).”
Tajikistan has a 970-980 km border with Kyrgyzstan, and so far more than 600 km of it have been designated and marked. Uncertainty of parts of the border sometimes causes clashes between the people and the military.
The border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan witnessed a bloody conflict in the past two years. The claim is based on access to land and pastures, roads and other resources.
Despite the continuation of working relations between the two countries, the political relations between the two close neighbors have not yet been fully restored, the Kyrgyz border remains closed to citizens of Tajikistan, and commercial and economic transactions between the two countries have become very small.
Source : Радио Озоди