ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national borders with all bordering Central Asian nations have been legally delineated and all border issues have been resolved, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced after a recent meeting of five Central Asian nation presidents.
“The key point is that Kazakhstan finally finished the agreement on demarcation of our borders. We started from delimitation, then demarcation of the border with Uzbekistan followed, then the tri-point area between Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan was properly formalised. All of the documents are signed; there are no unresolved border issues,” said Nazarbayev.
The heads of state also agreed to regular meetings of their countries’ security councils to maintain a consistent approach to resolving cross-border issues.
On the sidelines of the multistate meeting, the Kazakh and Tajik presidents also discussed hydropower cooperation and the importance of Syr Darya and Amu Darya cross-border rivers.
“There are two rivers Amu Darya and Syr Darya, 70 million people live in their basin. They heavily depend on those rivers. Mutually favourable partnership, negotiation and resolution of all issues are very important for all our nations. Beneficial use of cross-border rivers of Central Asia is of great mutual importance to every state. Kazakhstan and Tajikistan have a uniform position on this issue,” Nazarbayev said.
“Tajikistan is reaffirming its commitment to international agreements reached in the hydropower sector. We support close and constructive cooperation between the countries in all areas of use of water resources,” added Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon.