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UN Helps Uzbekistan to Equip Border with Afghanistan

30 December 2011

http://www.turkishweekly.net of 12/30/2011 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has transferred specialised equipment worth more than $1.2 million to customs based in the Surkhandarya region in the south of Uzbekistan (bordering Afghanistan and Tajikistan) and the Committee on the Protection of State Borders (CPSB), the press service of the State customs Committee (SCC) said.

Diesel generators, X-ray scanners, stationary and mobile radios and other equipment are being transferred to the checkpoint at the river port of Termez (Uzbek-Afghan border). 

"The head of UNODC office in the region Asif Magid and U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, George Krol participated on the equipment handover ceremony," said the SCC press service said. 

According to the UN Office in Uzbekistan, the equipment was purchased as part of a UNODC project strengthening the checkpoint of the river port of Termez on the Uzbek-Afghan border. Funds in excess of $1.236 million were provided by the U.S. government. 

In addition, non-specialised equipment worth over $400 thousand, computers, endoscopes, tool kits and individual common, platform and electronic scales was transferred to SCC and CPCB. 

The Uzbek-Afghan border is an important part of NATO cargo supply route to Afghanistan.