Kyrgyz-Kazakh border crisis: mediation attempts fail to result in lenience on the ground

Kyrgyz-Kazakh border crisis: mediation attempts fail to result in lenience on the ground

"Even taking into account new relations of Kyrgyzstan with Uzbekistan, transporters won't go through Uzbekistan and will go through Kazakhstan," representative of the trade union of long distance drivers Igor Golubev told reporters.

"We're too dependent on transit through Kazakhstan. As for the railroad, cargo shipment takes a lot of time, and perishable goods won't make it to the destination. Transportation of consumer goods by railroad will not even be considered, by plane is also not an option.  As for other selling destinations, we have only China. What will we ship to China? The goods that we've bought from there? There are only Russia and Kazakhstan," Lebedev said.

Uluk Kydyrbayev, Chairman of the Secretariat of the National Alliance of Business Associations, said that a country with one-thirds of the global population is near Kyrgyzstan.

"China, Pakistan, India are some 2-3 thousand km away from here, these countries have populations of more than 2 billion people. Honestly, if we think  seriously about exporting there, then the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Kashgar city with a population of 5 million is quite interesting for us," he said.

Kydyrbayev reminded that "wonderful relations are building up between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan." "We already have preliminary agreements on creation of transport corridors China—Kyrgyzstan—Uzbekistan and to Iran further," he said.

Alga Kylychev, Chairman of the public association "Union of People's Guards", wonders why legislators of Kyrgyzstan do not react to actions of Kazakhstan that, as he said, closed Kyrgyz-Kazakh state border.

"Kazakhstan has intentionally closed the border to put pressure on the citizens," Kylychev told reporters Monday.

Then, addressing to the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, he asked him to "end a blockade."

The head of the union pointed out that "President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev showed how power is transfered in democratic countries."

"However, ordinary people wonder why the legislators don't react? Why don't they go to the border? Only the president and government have to do it, or something? Or they can only make laws? Ordinary people are feeding the drivers stuck on the border, where regime resembles that of North Korean," he said.

"The days when things were decided by money and blood are over. We need stability," Kylychev said.

During the meeting of the committees of Kazakhstan’s Majilis and the Russian State Duma, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Victor Vodolatsky told about the position of Russia on the situation on Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border, correspondent reports.

According to him, to date, mutually beneficial cooperation in EAEU framework is growing not only in numerical equivalent - in dollars, but also in workplaces.

"Today's meeting with the Parliament of Kazakhstan is an example of mutual work in this direction. The most important thing is that you will hear today about the new customs code for Eurasian economic cooperation, which should and must make a clear regulation in the work of all the member states of this agreement," - he said.

Viktor Vodolatsky stressed that Russia supports the position of Kazakhstan and other participants in this process in striving for honest and transparent partnership relations.

"Our union will be dynamically developing and go to the priority economy of not only its members, but also of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s states. We should not depend on the outside, on gray schemes. Once they start working, there will be no credibility for this document; we are working honestly and on trust. If at least one country starts to "stray", repressive measures will be taken, "the MP continued, reminding that a similar situation occurred on the border of Russia and Belarus: when sanctions were imposed on Russia, under the brand of Belarus the products appeared that were never produced there.

In addition, Viktor Vodolatsky outlined the priority areas of work within the framework of the Customs Code ratification. The document enacts Article 32 of the Eurasian Economic Cooperation Treaty, which regulates issues related to the movement of third countries’ goods.

"Speculations will be stopped, because each side will be obliged to honestly conduct the trade relations. Presidents of all our states signed this agreement and our task in parliament is to resolve this issue," Vodolatsky concluded.

Reported by AKIpress (Kyrgyzstan), the Kazakhstanskaya Pravda. Image