Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan end armed conflict

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan signed a statement to end the armed confrontation on the border of the two countries. Bishkek and Dushanbe agreed to set up a bilateral working group to resolve the situation.

The conflict erupted on Thursday in the area of ​​the water distribution point, the ownership of which is disputed by both states. After the clashes of local residents, border guards entered into a firefight. Both sides accuse each other of provocation. Armored vehicles and helicopters were used.

Kyrgyzstan reported 13 dead – both border guards and civilians. More than 2,700 people were evacuated from the confrontation zone.

This is far from the first conflict on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: the borders in this region run into a striped state, there are many enclaves. Countries have repeatedly set out to demarcate.

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