BISHKEK. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Askar Aitmatov called in the Uzbek ambassador to get an explanation of why two Uzbek border guards crossed into Kyrgyz territory last week and fired their weapons.
Aitmatov told Uzbek Ambassador Alisher Salahitdinov that the event, and other similar episodes, negatively affect relations between the two countries. Aitmatov also reminded the Uzbek ambassador that the two countries signed an eternal friendship treaty in 1996 and called on Uzbek authorities to find and punish the border guards responsible.
Earlier this week Kyrgyzstan's Interior Ministry reported that two Uzbek border guards had crossed nearly one kilometer into Kyrgyzstan in the southern Kadamjai region on Friday night.
The two Uzbek border guards stopped a bus and demanded to see the driver's identification. When the driver refused the two Uzbek border guards fired their weapons into the air, then ran off into the night.