The situational analysis of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border
Batken, the Kyrgyz Republic – On September 29, UN Experts of “Cross-border co-operation for peace and development” project provided the report on the activities taken under the project at Kyrgyz-Tajik border region of Batken oblast. The meeting was held with the participation of the Plenipotentiary Representation of the KR in Batken oblast, Special representative of the Kyrgyz Republic on cross-border issues, Senior Adviser to the UNDP Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, local authorities and civil society members.
The main objective of the meeting was providing the situational analysis of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border and the discussion of possible preventive measures.
During the meeting UN «Cross-border co-operation for peace and development» project experts provided full information about the on-going and mid-term plans, which are being implemented under the project.
“I’m sure, there’s a very positive impact of the project “Cross-border cooperation for peace and development “as it has a comprehensive approach to border issues. Moreover, there is a lot of activities in the frames of the project that involves active participation of local authorities in solving the border issues in the region, “-said Special representative of the KR on cross-border issues Kurbanbai Iskandarov.
In addition, the representative of the National Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS) Amantur Saparbaev has presented the results of the review report on cross-border situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border for 2011 – 2016. “A summary report, presented to your attention today, shows the development and frequency of the incidents in the border region of Batken oblast for the past six years. In the future we plan to analyze the correlation between the implemented projects and their impact on the overall situation,”- said the analyst of NISI Amantur Saparbayev.
At the end of the event, the possible preventive measures to reduce tensions on the border were discussed and any additional recommendations, initiatives and proposals of the meeting participants were welcomed.
As known, this year UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic and in Tajikistan in collaboration with four other UN agencies (World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN Women), launched the project “Cross-border Cooperation for Sustainable Peace and Development” at the expense of the Peacebuilding Fund. The project is implemented in the territory of Batken oblast of the Kyrgyz Republic and Sogdiy oblast of the Republic of Tajikistan and aimed at creating favorable conditions for promoting sustainable peace and development in the border regions of the two neighboring states. This is the first project that is implemented in two countries at the same time with the participation of several UN Agencies. It is expected that the experience made in the implementation of this project can be applied in other countries.
Mavliuda Khodzhaeva, UNDP PR/Communications Specialist, Osh Area Based Development Programme