Returning home, residents of border villages found ruins
President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov in his address to the citizens of the country, he assured that the situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border has stabilized.
“We have managed to preserve the territorial integrity of our country. Unfortunately, we suffered heavy losses, thousands of our citizens were forced to leave their homes. I express my condolences to the families and friends of the victims and share their grief …
In order to avoid further escalation of the conflict, a protocol was signed following the work of intergovernmental commissions on border demarcation. Now the process of settling people is underway. I urge every family to return to their former places of residence. Measures will be taken to restore destroyed and burned down houses “,
– said in the appeal.
However, as it turned out, many simply have nowhere to return – several border settlements were destroyed by the Tajik military. For example, the Kyrgyz village of Maksat was plundered, and houses were burned or bulldozed.
Local residents had to flee the village on April 29, they did not have time to take any things or documents with them, leaving their homes half an hour before Maksat was captured by the Tajik military.
When they returned, they saw ruins – not only residential buildings were damaged, Tajiks burned a kindergarten and a paramedic station, a new school was damaged under mortar fire. All the cattle were stolen, the houses were plundered.
First Deputy Prime Minister Artyom Novikov promised that by September all houses will be restored at the expense of the state.
During the border conflict, 183 residents of Kyrgyzstan were injured, 36 were killed, two of them were children, four and twelve years old.
According to official data from Tajikistan, eight people were killed and 110 injured on the Tajik side during the conflict.
In Kyrgyzstan, three border districts have suffered – everywhere destroyed and burned down houses, schools, kindergartens, dozens of shops were looted and burned, all the cattle were stolen.
In Tajikistan, 14 houses were destroyed.
The total length of the border between the two countries is 970 kilometers, of which only 504 kilometers are delimited. All thirty years of independence of these countries, disputes over 70 sections of the border have been ongoing.
Negotiations of the government delegations on the delimitation and demarcation of the border were held on May 1 and lasted until three in the morning. Following the talks, a protocol was adopted.
Currently, the Kyrgyz and Tajik sides have completed the withdrawal of forces from the border deep into their territories.
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In the Foto. Village Maksat, source – Sputnik Kyrgyzstan
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