Press release on the 38th session of the Joint Control Group monitoring the implementation of the Agreement on Confidence Building in the Military Field in the Border Area and the Agreement on Mutual Reductions of Armed Forces in the Border Area with China
Between May 14 and 17, Astana and Almaty (Kazakhstan) hosted the 38th session of the Joint Control Group monitoring the implementation of the Agreement between the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan, Making up a Joint Party, and the People’s Republic of China on Confidence Building in the Military Field in the Border Area (1996) and the Agreement on Mutual Reductions of Armed Forces in the Border Area (1997).
It was pointed out that the five signatories are implementing these agreements in full and that the number of troops on the border with China has been maintained at below the agreed level. The five countries comply with the plan of mutual inspections coordinated for 2018 and exchange information in strict compliance with the established procedure.
Session participants agreed that over the 20 years since the establishment of the Joint Control Group these agreements have remained effective tools for the development of friendly relations between the signatory states and are a contributing factor to peace, stability and tranquillity in the border area.
The 39th session of the Joint Control Group will be held in China in the fourth quarter of 2018.