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Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan sign peace deal after deadly border clashes

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan signed a protocol to establish peace after a series of violent military clashes on the border left at least 100 people dead.

The documents were signed on Tuesday by senior officials from the two Central Asian countries.

“I really hope that the protocol of mutual understanding signed today, which we started at our commission with the respected Saimumin Satarovich, will bring peace to our countries. I am sure that peace is always better, peace will persist and we will always strive for peace,” said Kamchybek Tashiev, chairman of Kyrgyzstan’s National Security Committee.

His Tajik counterpart Saimumin Satarovich said “real peace will come to our borders”, describing the two countries as “brother nations”.

Skirmishes began on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border on September 14, with both sides accusing each other of provocation and opening fire.

The conflict followed a dispute over the demarcation of borders.

Kyrgyz authorities have reported at least 59 deaths in shelling and fighting in Tajikistan, officials say 41 people were killed and dozens more injured.

euronews Gt

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