CSTO’s authority undermines by actions of Tajikistan – Kyrgyz Cabinet chairman

The issues of regional security were discussed by Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Zhaparov and Secretary General of the CSTO Stanislav Zas, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan reported.

At the meeting, Zhaparov informed Zas about Tajikistan’s recent military incursion into Kyrgyzstan.

“As a result of fire strikes by the Tajik side, civilian and social infrastructure facilities in the border villages of the Batken region were destroyed. 12 schools, 11 kindergartens were affected, 612 houses were almost completely burned down. 63 civilians and military personnel were killed, 198 people were injured, more than 142,000 people were evacuated,” Zhaparov said.

He added that Kyrgyzstan has always been, is and will be a supporter of resolving all issues exclusively by peaceful means.

“This is our permanent position. However, we will not allow encroachments on our territorial integrity and sovereignty. We do not need someone else’s, but we will not give up our own. Such illegal and destructive actions of the Tajik side undermine the authority of our common organization,” said the head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan.

He added that the civil society of Kyrgyzstan rightly wonders what kind of collective security can be discussed when there are armed conflicts and clashes between states within the organization.

Stanislav Zas expressed condolences in connection with the recent events on the Kyrgyz-Tajik state border, noting that such tragedies should not be repeated in the future.

He highly appreciated the clear focus of the Kyrgyz side to resolve issues peacefully.

During the meeting, the CSTO Secretary General informed Zhaparov about the preparations for the next session of the CSTO Collective Security Council planned in Armenia.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, as a result of the military aggression of Tajikistan on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border from September 14 to 16, 206 people were injured and 63 people died.

Oct. 4, 2022