Death toll in clashes on Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border rises to 81 |  News of the conflict

Death toll in clashes on Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border rises to 81 | News of the conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on both countries to resolve their differences “by peaceful, political and diplomatic means.”

Tajikistan said 35 of its citizens were killed in recent border clashes with Kyrgyzstan, bringing the total death toll to at least 81.

On its Facebook page, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan reported the death of 35 people, including civilians, women and children.

Another 139 people were injured during the fighting on the southwestern border.

Previous casualties given by the ministry were 24 dead.

Meanwhile, the death toll on the Kyrgyz side has risen to 46, making this worsening of the conflict between the two Central Asian countries the most serious in recent years.

Kyrgyzstan said that about 136,000 residents were also evacuated from villages near Tajikistan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called for “an end to further escalation” between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

In telephone conversations with the leaders of the Central Asian states, Putin also called on them to “take measures to resolve the situation as soon as possible by exclusively peaceful, political and diplomatic means.”

Both countries of the former Soviet Union are now members of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but tensions are rising regularly.

On Friday, both sides agreed to a ceasefire, but fighting has continued since then, with both sides accusing the other of violating the agreement.

After more clashes on Saturday, night passed “calmly, without incident,” Kyrgyz authorities said on Sunday morning.

“The country’s leadership is taking all measures to stabilize the situation, prevent attempts at escalation … peacefully,” they added.

On Sunday afternoon, Kyrgyz authorities released a statement saying the situation on the border “remains calm with a trend towards stabilization.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on the leadership of both sides to “engage in dialogue for a lasting ceasefire,” his spokesman said.

Border disputes have haunted the former Soviet republics for three decades of their independence. About half of their 970-kilometer (600-mile) border has yet to be demarcated.

Unprecedented clashes between the two countries occurred in 2021, resulting in at least 50 deaths and fears of a wider conflict.


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