BISHKEK, January 14. /ITAR-TASS/. President Almazbek Atambayev has met the leadership of law enforcement structures to discuss the situation in border regions, the presidential press service told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“The president was informed on measures taken by the government to develop border regions and build by-way motor roads,” the press service said.
On January 11, Kyrgyz and Tajik border guards exchanged gunfire near the settlement of Ak-Sai, Batken district. Six Kyrgyz people have been injured during the incident and two of them are in critical condition. The construction of a motor road by Kyrgyzstan was a reason for the clashes. Kyrgyzstan considers this area its territory. Tajikistan considers this area disputable. At present, the situation has stabilised. During the consultations, the parties decided to investigate the causes of the clashes. Both parties have agreed to withdraw armed units from the area and law enforcers are patrolling the border zone.
“The president instructed the government to step up the activity to ensure security of residents of border regions and improve the infrastructure and living standards in border regions. Atambayev called for continuing the delimitation and demarcation of borders due to the country’s national interests,” the press service said.