Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan want to speed up the process of delineation of common border

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The Kyrgyz Foreign ministry’s press service says this issue was discussed at a meeting of the newly appointed Kyrgyz Ambassador to Tajikistan Erlan Abdyldayev at a meeting with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin after an a ceremony of presenting a copy of credentials that took place on May 6.

During the meeting, the parties reportedly discussed a number of issues related to the state and prospects of further expansion of political, economic and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries as well as protection of rights of citizens and border and inter-regional collaboration.

A special attention was reportedly given to the issue of delimitation and demarcation of the disputed segments of the common and intensification of the work of the joint commission for delineation of the Tajik-Kyrgyz border.

Recall, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov said in an exclusive interview with Kabar news agency on April 25 that, “The issue of delineation of common border with Tajikistan has not been removed, it is being solved. The issue of delimitation and demarcation of the Tajik-Kyrgyz border is being solved slowly and both sides will not be able to put up a fence until the disputes are resolved,” Kyrgyz President.

According to him, the parties have agreed on 600 kilometers [of the mutual border] and they have another 300 kilometers left to delimit and demarcate.

“Slow pace is not only on our side, it is on both sides. The border issue that has not been settled for 30 years will not be settled in a month. There are disputed segments. Both sides will not be able to put up a fence until the disputes are resolved,” Kyrgyz leader said.

Meanwhile, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has called on residents of the Tajik northern district of Isfara bordering Kyrgyzstan to live and work with their neighbors in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and neighborliness, communicate with them and establish friendly cooperation, be tolerant and not succumb to emotions.

His call, directed at residents of Isfara, came during an address to a meeting of Isfara administrators and public activists that took place in the northern city of Isfara on April 17.

“As the proverb says, neighbors are not chosen,” Emomali Rahmon was cited as saying by its official website.

He further noted that solution of border-territorial issues, delimitation and demarcation of disputed segments of the border are a very complex process and take a lot of time and require many efforts.

“Tajikistan is a firm support of negotiations to find a mutually beneficial solution to existing problems, taking into account the national interests of both parties. I emphasize again that borer issues between nations can be resolved only through negotiations, there is no other way,” Tajik leader said.

Source: Asia-Plus