- Fighting on the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
- Russia intervened between the two countries and got ceasefire
- At least 100 killed in border clashes
Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Conflict: At least 100 people have died in the ongoing border clashes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan says 45 of its civilians have been killed in a recent border clash with Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan’s foreign ministry said on its Facebook page that men, women and children were among the dead. Along with this, 139 people are also said to be injured. At the same time, 50 civilian deaths have been recorded in Kyrgyzstan. It says about 136,000 civilians have been rescued from villages close to the border with Tajikistan. This fresh conflict between the two countries started on Wednesday. After which a ceasefire was announced on Friday after Russian intervention from both sides.
Putin asks both countries to maintain peace
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to end the conflict. He sought steps to resolve the situation at the earliest by peaceful, political and diplomatic means in talks with the leaders of both the countries. Both Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are former Soviet Union countries. He is currently part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) led by Russia. Despite this, tension remains between them.
Military clashes continue despite ceasefire
Both sides agreed to a ceasefire after Russian intervention. But after that there was no peace between them. Fighting continues between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Both are accusing each other of violating the ceasefire. Officials in Kyrgyzstan said on Sunday morning that there had been fierce fighting between the two sides on Saturday. Officials said the country’s leadership was taking all necessary steps to normalize the situation and prevent attempts to escalate tensions. On Sunday afternoon, Kyrgyz officials issued a statement saying that the situation along the border remained calm and was moving towards stabilization.
The reason for the tension between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan?
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan came into existence in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Earlier there used to be friendship between the two, but then later tension started on the border. About half of the 970-kilometre (600 mi) border between the two countries is yet to be demarcated. There are many areas between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan which have not been demarcated permanently. These areas are claimed by both the countries, due to which there have been clashes many times in the past as well. In the year 2021, there was a similar conflict between these two countries, in which at least 50 people died.
tension between the two over water
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan face acute water shortage. Most of both the countries are dry desert. It is cold here but the natural sources of water are very less. In such a situation, there is a dispute over the water of the rivers flowing between the two countries. There have been many clashes between them over the water bodies, ponds and lakes present in the border area. Due to the lack of proper division of the border, the first conflict started between the citizens of both countries, in which the country’s armies also joined later.