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UN chief welcomes ceasefire agreement between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomes the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan ceasefire and urges efforts to ensure it holds, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

“The secretary-general has been following developments along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border with concern,” said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for the top UN official. “He extends his condolences for the lives lost in the clashes last week and wishes a speedy recovery for those involved.”

Guterres welcomes the contacts that have taken place between the presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers of the two countries and urges both sides to take all necessary measures to ensure that the ceasefire agreed to on Saturday holds, Dujarric said.

The secretary-general also notes that his special representative for Central Asia, Natalia Gherman, remains in direct contact with the authorities on both sides and reiterates the UN readiness remains ready to provide support, as necessary, the spokesman said.

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