Staunton, December 26 – Yesterday, Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Zheenbekov said he was prepared to swap territories with Tajikistan in order to end the violence that has continued along that border and especially around the non-contiguous enclaves on both sides since the start of this year (stanradar.com/news/full/37674-kyrgyzstan-gotov-obmenjatsja-s-tadzhikistanom-pogranichnymi-territorijami.html).
He said that he had discussed the border with Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon on numerous occasions, adding that “the issue with Tajikistan is complicated. Talks are moving forward but so far only with small steps. Work is not being carried out at the level at which we would like.” He added he had already resolved border issues with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
The Kyrgyz-Uzbek border dispute was resolved last summer by the swapping of small territories, and clashes there have ended as a result (currenttime.tv/a/30160536.html(russian.eurasianet.org/кыргызстан-и-узбекистан-обмениваются-землями-в-рамках-исторического-соглашения
Zheenbekov’s statement gives even more reason for optimism that the violence along the border between his country and Tajikistan will ease and that the exclave Barukh will soon be an exclave no longer. (On this problem, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/08/can-central-asias-complex.html.)