BISHKEK. Residents of the Aksy district of the Jalalabad region and opposition representatives are planning to hold a remembrance day in the village Bospiek on March 17. At least five peaceful protesters were shot dead by police on March 17-18, last year when the protesters gathered demanding the authorities to free then jailed opposition lawmaker, Azimbek Beknazarov, and to reconsider the disputed Kyrgyz-Chinese border agreements signed by the Kyrgyz government in 1996 and 1999.
Beknazarov, freed after the shooting, is one of the leading opposition politicians. He is currently visiting the district, meeting with his electorate. On Friday, Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Court rejected an appeal by 11 lawmakers to rule against the ratification of deal whereby Kyrgyzstan ceded some 1,250 square kilometers of land to China. The lawmakers argued that the border agreements signed between Kyrgyzstan and China in 1996 and 1999 were never properly discussed by parliament and the draft law and adopted text of the law on ratification did not mention giving territory to China.
But the court today ruled the law on ratification of agreements was not against the Constitution. The court further ruled that both chambers of parliament did not exceed their authority when they adopted the law last year.
It is not unclear what would be a next step of the opposition in dealing with the border settlement, unpopular among citizens, but hailed by the authorities as the diplomatic victory.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev