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Kyrgyzstan|foreign policy|September 21, 2022 / 05:37 PM
Tajikistan has not fully withdrawn heavy weaponry from border areas - Foreign Ministry of Kyrgyzstan

AKIPRESS.COM - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan has called upon the Foreign Ministry of Tajikistan to refrain from escalation of situation spreading provocative and untrue information about the situation on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

"The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan of September 21 is another attempt to mislead the international community regarding the developments on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, adding fuel to the fire with its ungrounded suspicions," the Foreign Ministry of Kyrgyzstan said in its statement.

"As of September 21, the Kyrgyz side has implemented all provisions of the latest protocol signed by National Security Committee Chairman Kamchibek Tashiev and Tajikistan National Security Committee Chairman S.Yatimov," the Foreign Ministry said.

"The assumptions of the Tajik Foreign Ministry regarding the presence of Kyrgyz forces and means in the border areas with the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as violations of its airspace by UAVs, allegedly flying in from the territory of Kyrgyzstan, do not correspond to reality," the statement said.

The Tajik side has not fully withdrawn its heavy military equipment to permanent deployment stations, some of equipment remained in the border areas of Murghab, Isfara and Lakhsh districts of Tajikistan, as well as near the Tamdyk border post of the Batken border detachment and the Katta-Tuz border post of the Leilek border detachment.

"Moreover, the Tajik side, in violation of previously reached agreements, "pretends" to withdraw heavy military equipment, disguising it as civilian vehicles, and placing it in residential areas of the border settlements of Vorukh, Khojailoo, Surkh and Lyakkon," the Foreign Ministry said.

"Despite the repeatedly recorded facts of provocative shooting in Vorukh enclave of the Republic of Tajikistan and in the area of the Kyzyl-Art border pass, the Kyrgyz side strictly observes the ceasefire agreement," the Foreign Ministry said.

"At a time when the competent authorities are laboriously monitoring and stabilizing the situation at the border, such ill-considered and reckless statements by the Tajik Foreign Ministry undermine all efforts to build an atmosphere of trust," the statement went on.

"The Kyrgyz side, as always, strictly adheres to the reached agreements and urges the Tajik side to fulfill its obligations in good faith, including in the framework of the protocols signed by the parties," the Foreign Ministry concluded.

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