Kyrgyz, Tajik presidents confer on border dispute


VORUKH, Tajikistan -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, conferred on Friday (July 26) in Vorukh, Tajikistan, as they seek to defuse tensions on the border, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

The presidents embraced each other and talked to residents of both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. They are expected to continue negotiations in Isfara, Tajikistan, and in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.

Fighting on the border on Monday (July 22) left one Tajik man dead. Kyrgyz authorities subsequently evacuated more than 650 residents of Ak-Sal village.

Central Asian border disputes still flare up because of "divide and conquer" frontiers imposed by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

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