Kyrgyzstan Delays EAEU Question in Row with Kazakhstan

  • The Kazakh side appeared to acknowledge that the allegations were well-founded.
  • Imanaliev added at a committee meeting, "one of the main conditions of the EAEU is the free movement of goods between member states."
  • This problem on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border arose in early January and lasted for some time.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Jogorku Kenesh— the Supreme Council, or legislature of Kyrgyzstan— refused to consider draft laws on the Eurasian Economic Union until the issue of the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border is resolved. The border has been congested for several days, and today there are more than 300 trucks at the frontier.

The Kazakhstan–Kyrgyzstan border is 1,212 km (753m) and runs from the tripoint with Uzbekistan to the tripoint with China. The two countries began work on demarcating their common boundary in the 1990s and 2000s in a spirit of cooperation that contrasts starkly with much of the other ex-Soviet Central Asian states.

According to one truck driver, Timur Kokoev, the traffic jam on the Kyrgyz border began ten days ago. After discussing it with his colleagues, he suggested that the problem was still due to competition with Kazakhstan because there are difficulties in the transportation of consumer goods (TNP).

At the same time, the Kazakh side acknowledged that the allegations were well-founded:

“The blame is on our side. The documents will be incorrect. They will fight over the understatement of goods. They are selling perishable goods such as fruits and vegetables.”

On June 2, the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs refused to consider five draft laws on the EAEU until the border issue with Kazakhstan is resolved. The proposal of MP Kanybek Imanaliev was unanimously supported by colleagues.

“You see the Eurasian Economic Union, Kyrgyz producers have been in Tokmok for three days. Let’s remove all five from the agenda. We will not consider all issues related to the union until the issue is resolved. Karamat Babashevna, you want to show strength, this is strength.”

Imanaliev added at a committee meeting, “one of the main conditions of the EAEU is the free movement of goods between member states.” According to the Border Service of Kyrgyzstan, cars were not detained by the border guards of both countries. Sajira Chokoloeva, a representative of the Border Service of Kyrgyzstan said:

“More than 300 vehicles are waiting in line at the Ak-Tilek checkpoint today. But the queue did not appear to cross the border. Drivers have no complaints against the border guards of both countries. But after entering Kazakhstan, there is a Revenue Committee.”

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is an economic union of states located in central and northern Asia and Eastern Europe. The Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union was signed on 29 May 2014 by the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, and came into force on 1 January 2015.

This problem on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border arose in early January and lasted for some time. In it, the Kazakh side said that the Kyrgyz cargo violated various laws. To address this, it has introduced new requirements, such as electronic seals on cars. The The State Border Guard Service of the Kyrgyz Republic reports that such long queues have been occurring ever since.

However, Kazakhstan’s State Revenue Committee said “there are no additional inspections by us.” According to the press service of the Committee, in the event of a pandemic, electronic seals were not required. They say only two of the six checkpoints between the two countries are operational, and that the Kyrgyz side may be queuing up for a coronavirus test.

The Kazakh agency added that the checkpoint could handle as many as 500 vehicles a day. It takes five minutes to catch a car. According to drivers, Kyrgyzstan is taking the coronavirus express test at the border, and in Kazakhstan, it is taking it separately after crossing the border.

It is said that the average test time is 15 minutes. Imanaliev noted that the government should inform the EAEU Secretariat about the draft laws that were not considered by the committee. The author of the bill is the Kyrgyz government.

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Doris Mkwaya

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