Kazakhstan develops new law to prevent incidents on border

June 20. Trend

By E. Kosolapova

Kazakhstan develops new law to prevent incidents on borderA new law on state border is being developed in Kazakhstan which will enable to prevent incidents similar to one on Arkankergen border post, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.

“Majilis awaits for receiving of new law on state border within the next few months. It will be a completely new law, it is being prepared by Border Service Committee,” Majilis (lower chamber of parliament) member, Chairman of Majilis Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security Maulen Ashimbayev told journalists on Wednesday.

On May 30 a fire took place on Arkankergen border post on Kazakh-Chinese border. In summer 15 frontier guards serve at this post. About 15 corpses were founded at the scene including 14 border guards and a hunter from the nearby hunting ground located near the post. The fifteenth border guard was found alive near the post. Later the alive border guard Vladislav Chelakh confessed that he had killed his colleagues when they were asleep and then set fire to the barracks, where they were, the Kazakh Prosecutor General’s Office reported. Chelakh named the reason of killing his colleagues due to internal conflicts and clouding of consciousness. The investigation is ongoing.

Moreover, on June 18 eleven border guards illegally left territory of Tersayryk frontier post in the Eastern Kazakhstan. On June 19 all the border guards were found 18 kilometers from the Tersayryk frontier post. The incident is under investigation.

According to Ashimbayev, the parliamentarians will carry out great deal of work to analyze the situation on the border before approving the law. In particular, they plan to visit several sites of state border and speak with border guards.

“The incident in Arkankergen and other site of state border requires the analysis of their reasons and taking of appropriate measures. We will try to include into the law the regulations which will prevent such tragic events,” he said.