Kyrgyz-Tajik clashes leave 30 injured

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan began talks in March on a possible land swap to help overcome a border dispute.

Kyrgyz-Tajik clashes leave 30 injured

World Bulletin / News Desk

30 people were injured in clashes between Tajiks and Kyrgyz residents along the border on Wednesday.

Fighting broke out between the people of the Kyrgyz Kok-Tash village and Tajik exclave of Vorukh, prompting border guards on both sides to disperse the crowds.

A store was also burned down in Zhaka-Oruk, some 30 kilometers from Kok-Tash.

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan began talks in March on a possible land swap to help overcome a border dispute.

According to a RFE/RL report, Raziya Osorova, the head of the Kok-Tash village along the border, said that Kyrgyz villagers may be relocated to another region if the land is given to Tajikistan.

The border villages of Maseit, Aryk-Asty, and Tash-Tumshuk may also be subjected to a relocation scheme should the two sides agree.

The border has been closed since a breach in January resulted in a shoot-out between Kyrgyz and Tajik soldiers, leaving both sides with injuries.

Last Mod: 08 Mayıs 2014, 17:40
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