Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan close file after the day of shelling

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed a ceasefire after a day of shelling over and over again. More than 20 people died in the shelling, more than a hundred people were injured and thousands of people fleeing.

The former Soviet republics in Central Asia are arguing over a water reservoir and a pumping station in a village in Kyrgyzstan on the border with Tajikistan.

This conflict existed before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and both countries have been trying for years to resolve the conflict by diplomatic means.


Yesterday it came to an outburst of violence. Reports from the area say that Tajik wanted to hang surveillance cameras near the reservoir. Kyrgyz citizens did not take that and gave the Tajics stones. After that, military intervened.

Kyrgyzstan says that 13 people have died on their side of the border and 134 people have been injured. The authorities in the Tajik city of Isfara speak of 8 dead and more than 30 wounded on their side.