AKIPRESS.COM - "It was predictable in advance that Tajikistan will not admit its guilt in the armed aggression against Kyrgyzstan and will try to shift all the responsibility on the Kyrgyz Republic," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released today.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan responded to the statement made by the delegation of Tajikistan on September 24:
"The delegation of Kyrgyzstan exercised its right to respond to the statement made by the delegation of Tajikistan on Saturday, September 24, 2022, in which the Tajik side presented everything in a favorable light for itself. It was also predictable in advance that Tajikistan will not admit its guilt in armed aggression against our country and will try to shift all the responsibility on Kyrgyzstan," the statement said.
"The conflict that occurred on September 14-17 is preplanned military aggression of Tajikistan against Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan breached such major international principles as territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, peaceful settlement of disputes, non-use of force or threat of force, observance of human rights and freedoms enshrined in the UN Charter and other international documents.
"In the result of unprovoked and ungrounded aggression of Tajikistan with use of armed forces and heavy weaponry, 62 citizens of Kyrgyzstan were killed and around 200 were wounded, including 13 children, 14 women and 171 men. Around 140,000 were evacuated and became internally displaced persons.
"Kyrgyzstan sees ungrounded accusations of Tajikistan against Kyrgyzstan as attempt to shift responsibility and guilt on Kyrgyzstan. The Tajik side launched a campaign of disinformation among the international community in order to discredit the self-defense actions of the Kyrgyz Republic. Kyrgyzstan has all the evidence (photos and videos) of the beginning of the aggression and crimes of the Tajik military on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.
"The information that Kyrgyzstan seized the land belonging to Tajikistan is part of disinformation spread by the neighboring country. Unlike our neighbors we have never aimed to capture foreign territories and will not give a centimeter of our land to anyone.
"The allegations that Kyrgyzstan hides its troops and military equipment in populated areas has only a misleading purpose. In this regard, the responsibility for further tensions on the border will rest solely on Tajikistan.
"Despite the second aggression of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan is convinced that all border and internal issues should be resolved through negotiations. Kyrgyzstan is willing and ready to resolve all issues peacefully," the statement concluded.