Expert: Incident on Uzbek-Kyrgyz border not to turn into large-scale confrontation of countries
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.8 / Trend D. Nasibova /
The incident on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border will not turn into large-scale confrontation of the countries, including on energy issues, Kyrgyz expert Sergey Masaulov believes.
"Today, both sides seek to resolve the issue related to the incident at the border, given both countries' interests, as stated by Uzbek experts," Masaulov told Trend.
He said there is a problem and it is associated with a lack of delimitation of borders.
"For this reason, incidents may occur, including such as the latest developments on the border," Masaulov said.
The incident took place when a large group of residents from the Uzbek village of Khushyar attacked Kyrgyz frontier guards who were installing supports for electricity transmission lines in Kyrgyzstan's Batken region on Sunday. The villagers tried to seize firearms from the frontier guards, injuring some in the process.
According to the Uzbek side, the conflict on Uzbek-Kyrgyz border was provoked by Kyrgyz frontier guards.
Earlier the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara, called for restraint and dialogue following an incident between residents in the southern border region of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Kozhara stated that issues must be resolved in a peaceful manner, through dialogue and OSCE stands ready to facilitate this process upon request and in line with its mandate.