Government • 12 October, 2017

The Kazakh Government commented on the Kyrgyz Prime Minister’s Facebook post

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Yesterday the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov posted on Facebook saying that he talked with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev about the incident on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh state border. The post provoked reaction of his counterpart from Kazakhstan.

Yesterday the presidents of CIS participated in the multilateral meeting in Sochi. Kyrgyzstan was represented by its Chief Executive as the President decided not to go the meeting. Formally, Atambayev reasoned his decision by upcoming presidential election, which will be held on October 15, 2017. But there might be another reason for the Kyrgyz President for avoiding this event. Five days ago, on October 7 he publicly criticised social and economic policy of Kazakhstan and blamed the Kazakh establishment. Some people believe that this is the main reason that drives Atambayev who stayed at home country.

Meanwhile, the videos of the crowd on the border between two countries went viral on the Internet. It made an impression of reciprocal reaction from Kazakh government.

After the meeting, Sapar Iskakov published a photograph where he is talking with President Nazarbayev and wrote the following: “I have talked with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and informed him about the current situation on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh state border. After the talks, he gave an order to the Government to remove all the issues that had been formed at the border.”

The post attracted both the Kyrgyz and the Kazakh people. It made the Kazakh Government reply. The Press Office of the Kazakh Prime Minister published a statement on the situation.

“Firstly, in the framework of the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Sochi (RF), there were no negotiations between the President of Kazakhstan and the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan.

There was a short approach of Mr. Issakov to the Head of our state, which is confirmed by a photo posted on his personal Facebook page.

Secondly, the information that the President of Kazakhstan "instructed the Government of Kazakhstan to remove all the issues that had been formed at the border" does not correspond to reality.

In fact, the Government is instructed to hold an intergovernmental consultation on this issue.

As it was reported earlier in the Kazakhstan’s media, the Border Service of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan together with the Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Revenue and Transport Control Committees are conducting a planned border operation along the entire perimeter of the state border of the country, including the Kazakh-Kyrgyz section.

Strengthening of inspection of persons, vehicles, goods, and cargoes crossing the border is carried out within the framework of the current legislation, without infringement of the rights of Kazakhstani and foreign citizens.

There are no restrictions or prohibitions on crossing the border.

The main goal of the planned border operation is to stop illegal activities in the border area, identify persons involved in terrorist, smuggling, and other criminal activities, check compliance with the border regime and migration legislation.

In turn, the Border Guard Service of the Kyrgyz Republic also switched to an enhanced version of border control for the period of preparation for the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan.”

The Press Service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan officially expresses bewilderment at the spread of the distorted information and confirms its openness to cooperation with any media in the issue of providing objective information.

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