STATEMENT. On the continued provocative actions of the Kyrgyz side in the border area
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Despite the protocol signed by Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on the settlement of the situation on the border, the Tajik side has been recording a number of provocative actions increasing tension on the border by the Kyrgyz side, states the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan.
The Kyrgyz side creates a false appearance of withdrawal of troops and heavy military equipment from the line of contact and hides them in the border settlements of the Lailak and Chon-Alai districts of the Batken province of Kyrgyzstan.
On September 18, masked heavy military equipment consisting of four units — armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, armored reconnaissance vehicles and antiaircraft installation- 22mm of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan near the Tajik frontier post «Sarhadchi» in the Lakhsh district of Tajikistan.
On September 19, the location of 12 units of sheltered military equipment of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan was revealed in the immediate vicinity of the A. Lokhuti settlement in Konibodom town of Tajikistan.
On September 19, the presence of special forces of Kyrgyzstan numbering 70 armed persons was identified in a small distance from the border post No. 3 «Nurobod» in the Devashtich district of Tajikistan.
The Tajik side continues to record numerous violations of the airspace of the Republic of Tajikistan by unmanned aerial vehicles flying from the territory of Kyrgyzstan. Thus, on September 19 and 20, Kyrgyz UAVs flying over the city of Isfara, the districts of Devashtich, Bobojon Gafurov, Jabbor Rasulov and Rasht of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Tajik frontier posts «Sarhadchi» and «Shirinchashma» in the Lakhsh district, «Rosrovut» and «Muryak» in the Devashtich district, as well as over military units of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan were observed.
Tajikistan once again calls on the Kyrgyz side to strictly implement the signed protocols on the settlement of the situation in the border area. Otherwise, the Tajik side will regard the situation as preparation for the next aggression by Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz side shall be responsible for the consequences of such provocative action.
Source: National information agency of Tajikistan