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Kyrgyz Leader Calls For Ignoring Online 'Speculations' Regarding Deadly Clashes Along Tajik Border.

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov (center) called for "patience and peace," claiming that "manipulative" information is being posted online to "disrupt friendly ties with Kyrgyzstan's neighbors."

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov (center) called for "patience and peace," claiming that "manipulative" information is being posted online to "disrupt friendly ties with Kyrgyzstan's neighbors."

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov has called on citizens to ignore unconfirmed web reports about last week's deadly clashes along the Kyrgyzstan's border with Tajikistan as his nation observes a mourning day for those killed in the fighting.

In an address to the nation on January 19, Japarov called for "patience and peace," claiming that "manipulative" information is being posted online to "disrupt friendly ties with Kyrgyzstan's neighbors."

"We have a capable army and courageous warriors that can prevent any attempts to illegally cross our borders -- and they explicitly proved it by repelling all such attempts to illegally enter our territory," Japarov said.

The clashes in Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Batken between September 14-17 left at least 59 Kyrgyz citizens dead, the country's authorities said earlier.

WATCH: Fresh clashes erupted at the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on September 16, with both sides accusing each other of using heavy weaponry in fighting that has killed at least three people and wounded dozens over three days.

Tajik authorities said at least 30 Tajik citizens lost their lives during the clashes.

Sources told RFE/RL's Tajik Service that 39 Tajiks were killed.

The two Central Asian nations' foreign ministries accused each other of "armed aggression" with the usage of heavy artillery, multiple-missile launchers, and mortars.

Many border areas in Central Asia have been disputed since the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991.

The situation is particularly complicated near the numerous exclaves in the volatile Ferghana Valley, where the borders of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan meet.

Almost half of the 970-kilometer Kyrgyz-Tajik border has yet to be demarcated, leading to recurring tensions since the two countries gained independence more than three decades ago.

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