Kazakhstan urges Kyrgyzstan to immediately resume water supply through cross-border channel Bystrotok
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 16 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
The Kazakh embassy in Kyrgyzstan urged the Kyrgyz authorities to take immediate measures to resume water supply through Bystrotok channel in the cross-border area, which was blocked by residents of Kyrgyz Talas region on July 7, the embassy said on Tuesday.
"The illegal activity which contradicts to the earlier reached agreements on transboundary water resources and common norms of international law provoked a lack of water not only in Kazakh Zhambyl region's Zhualynskiy area but also in the Kyrgyz villages located lower near the channel," the embassy said.
According to the embassy, the situation at the interstate water channel "Bystrotok" contradicts the atmosphere of the Eternal Friendship Treaty from April 8, 1997 and the Treaty on Alliance Relations from December 25, 2003 between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
The embassy also urges the Kyrgyz authorities to prevent any similar activity aimed at unilateral changing of inter-state channels functioning at the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border.
The residents of Kyrgyz Kara Buura district blocked the Bystrotok channel flowing towards Kazakhstan on July 7. They demanded to review the agreement with Kazakhstan from 2001 on the delimitation and demarcation of borders, ratified by the Kyrgyz Parliament in 2008. According to the agreement, a land site where Kyrgyz farmers grazed cattle passed to Kazakhstan.
Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Tokon Mamytov met with the residents of Kara Buura district on July 8 and promised to resolve all issues concerning disputable areas through the negotiations. Meanwhile, according to Mamytov, all the land sites owned by Kazakhstan in accordance with the bilateral agreement will remain within its borders.