BISHKEK, January 14, 22:48 /ITAR-TASS/. The situation in the area of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border conflict has been settled, the press office of Kyrgyzstan’s Border Service said in a statement on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the heads of the two countries’ border services had a telephone conversation. “The Kyrgyz side raised the issue of the border situation and demanded that all problems that might arise at the borer should be settled only by means of talks,” the statement said. “Tajikistan’s Border Troops Commander Radzhabali Rakhmonali confirmed the readiness to settle the conflict situation by diplomatic means and prevent further escalation of the border conflict.” It is planned that the heads of Kyrgyzstan’s and Tajikistan’s border services will have a personal meeting on January 15 to “work out joint measures to stabilize the situation at this section of the border.”
The border conflict occurred on January 11, when Tajik and Kyrgyz border guards exchanged fire near the village of Ak-Sai in Kyrgyzstan's Batkent region. Six Kyrgyz nationals and two Tajiks were wounded in the shootout. The Kyrgyz side claims that Tajik border guards used a mortar gun and a grenade launcher and executed aimed fire at strategic facilities in the Kyrgyz territory. The conflict was triggered by the construction of a motor road in Kyrgyzstan’s adjacent area. Bishkek claims this territory as its own, while Tajikistan says it is a disputable area. Today’s consultations between the two country’s law enforcement officials yielded a number of agreements, including on joint patrolling of the border territory.
Earlier on Tuesday, Kyrgyzstan recalled its ambassador to Tajikistan Urmat Saralayev for consultations over the border incident.