26 Jul 2019 14:03

Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan to continue work on border at govt commission level - Dushanbe

DUSHANBE. July 26 (Interfax) - Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov have agreed to continue the talks on state border delimitation and demarcation at the level of government commissions, the Tajik president's press service said in a statement.

Rahmon and Jeenbekov met in the city of Isfara in northern Tajikistan on Friday, the statement said. The leaders initially had a one-on-one meeting, which was followed by talks with the delegations present attended by the heads of relevant ministries and agencies and local self-government bodies of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

"The parties agreed to continue the talks at the level of the government commissions of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic on the delimitation and demarcation of the Tajik-Kyrgyz state border for the purpose of completing the delimitation process and holding consultations and talks on legal issues," the statement said.

"This meeting has historical significance and it brings the two countries closer to completing the process of delimitation and demarcation of the state border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan," it said.

"The completion of the work on the demarcation and delimitation of the state border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will have a positive effect on the entire relations between the two countries," the statement said.

The meeting between the two presidents took place following the conflict between residents of the Kyrgyz village of Ak-Sai and the Tajik village of Vorukh on the border between the two countries, which occurred in the Batken region on July 22. Dozens of people were hurt on both sides. A resident of the Tajik village died of his wounds.