Kamchibek Tashiyev, the leader of Kyrgyzstan's National Security Committee, has urged the Tajikistan government to abandon its territorial claims, marking the one-year anniversary of the tragic events at the Botken border, during which numerous military personnel and civilians lost their lives.
Tashiyev serves as the chairman of the state border demarcation and delimitation commission and expressed his commitment to peaceful resolution through negotiations, following the instructions of Kyrgyzstan's head of state. However, he also highlighted the act of aggression perpetrated by a neighboring country against Kyrgyzstan last year, emphasizing that they would not tolerate such aggression in the future.
Tashiyev pointed out that Tajikistan had previously asserted territorial claims against Kyrgyzstan, and Kyrgyzstan had responded by asserting there should be no complaints. He mentioned the discovery of new documents that indicate many Kyrgyz lands had been transferred to Tajikistan and expressed their ability to substantiate this claim with historical and legal evidence.
"If the neighboring country does not give up its territorial claims, we will also make a claim. We have enough strength and capabilities for this. We have the opportunity to return the lands that were transferred to Tajikistan tens or even hundreds of years ago," said the head of the State Committee for National Security.
The events of September 16, 2022, were marked by shootings at various sections of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, resulting in casualties, injuries, and a significant loss of 63 lives.