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Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan should use every opportunity to resolve the issues of disputed territories and speed up the process of demarcation and delimitation of the border between the two states, to restore traditional trade relations. For this, there are opportunities that are not available to all countries in the region. This is the opinion of representatives of border rural communities and militias of two bordering regions - Batken and Sughd, who held a number of meetings in April as part of projects to prevent conflicts and strengthen security in the border area.
The SCO, CIS, and CSTO sites should be used to discuss any problem that threatens stability and security. Our countries are members of these organizations and have the opportunity to meet at various levels constantly. One should especially cherish this opportunity when some external players are trying to provoke our peoples into conflicts, said participants of conferences held in the Tajik cities of Guliston and Isfara, where representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kyrgyz communities from the Batken region arrived at the invitation.
The question of the need for the earliest possible completion of the activity of the working commissions on the description of the disputed areas after the next inter-ethnic conflict on the border of the two states on March 13 was particularly acute. As a result of this conflict, more than two dozen people received varying degrees of injury and bodily injury. Due to the use of one of the parties of hunting rifles, two people were killed.
The meeting participants noted that one of the main reasons for the escalation of tension is the uncertainty of the border line, a large number of disputed territories, problems associated with movement, water use, pastures, breaking traditional ties and artificially created obstacles to trade.
“We managed to avoid escalation of tension due to the existing high level of trust between the leaders of the two states - Emomali Rakhmon and Sooronbay Zheenbekov, between the security forces of the two states. “The presence of close contacts and channels of cooperation allowed us to quickly localize the inter-ethnic conflict,” said Militia Major General, head of the Isfara city department of internal affairs Muhammadshoh Iskandarov. “The Kyrgyz people were the first to extend a helping hand to the Tajiks who were in the combat zone during the civil war in Tajikistan in 1992-1997, sheltering hundreds of thousands of our refugees. And we will never forget this good. ”
Muhammadshoh Iskandarov, known as the field commander Shah, in 1999, being included in the government forces of Tajikistan with his detachment, was sent by President Emomali Rahmon to the border with Kyrgyzstan to protect the northern territories from the militants Juma Namangani from Afghanistan who had intruded there. As a result of the negotiations, Shah not only managed to release the captured Kyrgyz general Anarbek Shamkiev and four Japanese geologists, but also to remove the gangsters from the settlements and send them to the mountainous area, where they were then cordoned off by Kyrgyz and Uzbek special forces and destroyed.
“We have good traditions of cooperation and good neighborliness that they are trying to undermine from the outside, but they are unlikely to be able to do this,” said Arstanbek Usanov, deputy head of the Batken regional UMVD, in an interview with InfoSCOS. “Moreover, we will unite in order to detect and prevent any attempts to destabilize the situation on our border.”
Tajik and Kyrgyz militiamen within the framework of the project of the international organization Saferworld (“Safe World”) played a football match, during which teams from the two countries entered the field, first against each other, and then in mixed squads. The meetings in both cases ended in a drawn outcome, which the Kyrgyz and Tajiks regarded as peace and friendship among nations.
Negmatullo Mirsaidov, Tajikistan