22 october 2017

Central Asia news

Kazakhstan set up checkpoints on border with Kyrgyzstan

11.10.2017 23:49 msk

Ferghana


Kazakhstan set roadblocks with armed men in the Kazakh village of Kordai, located on the border with Kyrgyzstan. As Azattyk Radio reports referring to the residents, the army arrived in Kordai on 10 October and settled close to the entrance to the border town and on the outskirts of it.


Near the "Kordai" checkpoint on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 11 October 2017. Photo by Azattyk Radio

It became known earlier that a long queue of people wishing to cross the border from Kyrgyzstan appeared at the "Kordai" checkpoint for the last 24 hours. Similar reports came from other checkpoints "Chon-Kapka" in Talas region and "Ak-Tilek" in Chui regions.

The Border Agency point of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan (KNB) named upcoming presidential elections in the neighbouring Kyrgyzstan as a reason to enhance the border troops at the weekend.

The KNB's official communication states, among other things, that the purpose of introducing a strengthened regime is "to stop illegal activities in the border area, to identify persons involved in terror, smuggling, and other criminal activities, to verify compliance with the border regime and migration legislation." At the same time, KNB did not impose any restrictions on crossing the border, as Astana says.


Near the "Kordai" checkpoint on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 11 October 2017. Photo by Azattyk Radio

At the same time, users of social networks published information about "clusters" of Kazakh military machines on the border with Kyrgyzstan. In connection with the current situation, the head of the Kyrgyz government, Sapar Isakov instructed to provide citizens of the country at the checkpoint with tents, hot meals, and medical care.

It is worth noting that the situation on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border has worsened recently, but frictions have arisen at the governmental level between the two countries. So, on 7 October, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev directly accused Astana of "imposing its candidate" on local voters in the upcoming elections. In response, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan announced Atambayev's statements "a lie and provocation."

Fergana News Agency