Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan sign peace protocol

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan sign peace protocol

The situation has calmed down on the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. At the end of last week, armed clashes occurred on the border between these two former Soviet republics of Central Asia, causing nearly a hundred deaths in four days. This Monday, September 19, the heads of the special services of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan signed a protocol for the establishment of peace.

With our regional correspondent, Regis Gente

The situation has stabilized on the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. A relative peace, put on paper by the heads of the security services of the two countries, present on the spot since last Friday.

The toll is heavy: a hundred dead, many injured and 140,000 people, mainly Kyrgyz, who had to temporarily leave their homes.

There have been three or four other ceasefire attempts in recent days, including one between the Kyrgyz heads of state, Sadyr Japarov, and the Tajik, Emomali Rahmon. All had failed. This is to say if the situation was escalated, but also has deep roots.

Several deadly clashes have occurred in this region in recent years. The fault lies with the administrative limits set during the Soviet era and which suddenly became international borders in 1991. Lace borders, with no less than eight enclaves whose raison d’être seems absurd today, particularly with regard to access to water or pastures for the inhabitants of this part of the Ferghana valley, a of the most densely populated areas of the planet.