Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agree on ceasefire

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed to a cease-fire from 17:00 Moscow time. This was reported by the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry on Thursday, April 29.

“The cessation of hostilities in the conflict zone comes into force from 19 hours of Tajik time,” the ministry quoted Sputnik Tajikistan as saying.

It is noted that the sides are obliged to withdraw their forces to their previous locations.

The armed clash on the border of the republics between servicemen of the two countries began on Thursday. It was preceded by a conflict between local residents in the area of a water distribution point “Golovnoy”, the belonging of which is disputed by both sides. The border service of the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security accused the Tajik side of provoking the conflict.

Both republics sent additional military forces to the section of the border where the exchange of fire occurred. It was reported that five frontier posts were attacked and a fire broke out at one of them.

It was reported that as a result of the conflict on the Tajik side three people were killed and 31 wounded, including the mayor of Isfara Bahovaddin Bahodurzoda. In Kyrgyzstan, two people were killed and 26 others were wounded.

It was reported that in connection with the situation on the border between the two republics, a meeting between the prime ministers of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Ulukbek Maripov and Kokhir Rasulzoda, will be held on the sidelines of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow is studying the situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.

Andrei Grozin, head of the Central Asia Department at the Institute of CIS Countries, said the probability of a local border conflict between the two republics is 10 percent. According to him, clashes on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border occur regularly, at least 10 times a year.