Transfer of the capital from Bishkek to Osh suggested again
Murat Jurayev, deputy of the Jogorku Kenesh of parliament, intends to have the nearest session discuss transfer of the capital from Bishkek to Osh in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan.
It is not the first time Jurayev promotes the transfer. "Seriousness of the matter brooks no delays because the situation in the border regions in the south is getting out of control," the lawmaker told 24.kg news agency the other day. "Making Osh the capital, we will avoid a great deal of mistakes in state management... As things stand, hundreds hectares of Kyrgyz lands have already been sold to citizens of Tajikistan there and the local authorities pretend that nothing untoward is happening. We will find ourselves without any land to live on soon, if things are permitted to proceed at this rate."
Some state officials including Jalalabad Governor Iskenderbek Aidaraliyev suggested transfer of the capital too, in the past. Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursunbai Bakir uulu promoted the idea too. Supporters of the transfer of the capital refer to national interests of the country.
Kyrgyzstan in the south has borders with China, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. The borders between Kyrgyzstan and its Central Asian neighbors (Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) are contested. Every now and then the local authorities complain that foreigners (mostly Tajiks) seize Kyrgyz territories.
Trying to solve the problem somehow, the authorities tried territorial-administrative reforms once. The new Batken region (formerly part of the Osh region) was established after the Islamic extremists' raid into the southern part of Kyrgyzstan in 1999-2000.