Kyrgyz Border Service head Kalmurat Sadiev said at a meeting of the Council of CIS Border Troops on 12 March that Kyrgyzstan will start patrolling its border with Kazakhstan. He said the decision does not indicate mistrust of its neighboring country and that the task of the mobile border detachments will be to intercept illegal migrants, international terrorists, and contraband goods. Sadiev also reportedly stated that Kyrgyz border troops will remove mines that Uzbekistan placed on Kyrgyz territory in 1999.
A number of border-troops commanders did not attend the one-day meeting, including those of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
The Times of Central Asia, March 14, 2003