UN Secretary General is ready to meet Kyrgyz President in New York

On September 17, 2022, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbek Kulubaev had a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General António Guterres in connection with the well-known events on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, Kabar agency reports.

The press service of the Kyrgyz MFA reported that during the conversation, Kukubaev briefed the UN Secretary General on the number of human casualties, including among the civilian population, internally displaced persons, the destruction of numerous social and civil infrastructure facilities, including schools and residential buildings, facts of looting of property of Kyrgyz citizens. He also provided the information on the high-level political and diplomatic efforts aimed at de-escalating tensions, and regret was expressed in connection with the position of the Tajik side not to follow the agreements reached, including on a ceasefire.

Kulubaev drew the attention of the UN secretary general that the Kyrgyz side, solely for the purpose of self-defense and protection of the sovereign territory of the Kyrgyz Republic from another unprovoked invasion of the Tajik armed forces and irregular paramilitary groups, took decisive retaliatory measures.

For his part, Guterres noted that he was following the development of the situation with deep concern, stressed the inadmissibility of further aggravation of the conflict and the importance of its speedy resolution only through a constructive peaceful dialogue between the parties.

Guterres confirmed his readiness for a face-to-face meeting with President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Zhaparov in New York on September 20, 2022.

The UN secretary general also assured Kulubaev that next week in New York he would discuss the current situation with Tajik Foreign Minister Mukhriddin.

Sept 18, 2022