UNODC Supports Establishment of New Border Post on Tajik-Afghan Border  

30 November 2018, Qubodiyon, Tajikistan - The Opening Ceremony of the "Ushturmullo" Border Post located along the Tajik-Afghan border has taken place after construction works performed under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Initiative. The post was solemnly opened by Colonel-General Rajabali Rahmonali, the Commander of the Border Forces of the State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan, Mr. Kevin Covert, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of United States of America in Dushanbe, Mr. Yusuf Kurbonov, UNODC International Programme Coordinator in Central Asia, and Ms. Amelia Hannaford, Head of UNODC Programme Office in Tajikistan.

The "Ushturmullo" Border Post is the ninth site constructed with the support of UNODC. Earlier, "Bakhorak", "Bog", "Sari Gor", "Shogun", "Yol", "Yakhchi Pun", "Takhti Sangin" border outposts, and "Tagnob" border post were constructed and rehabilitated as a part of UNODC Initiative and national border strengthening concept.

Apart of the construction works, the Border Post has been supplied with office and domestic equipment, furniture and other appliances. And, the officers of the border outposts and posts of this stretch at the Tajik-Afghan border were trained on border control skills, to improve collection and analyses of data, to prevent illegal border crossings, profiling and detection of drug couriers.

The UNODC Initiative on Strengthening Control along the Tajik-Afghan Border is being successfully implemented in line with the "National Border Management Strategy of the Republic of Tajikistan" adopted for 2010-2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a special focus on Goal 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, providing technical support in countering transnational organized crime, terrorism, and drug trafficking in the country.  

UNODC Initiative on Strengthening Control along the Tajik-Afghan Border is implemented with financial support of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, United States Department, US Embassy in Tajikistan, and a part of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia (2014-2019) and focused on enhancement of the expert potential of border officers at the border posts and outposts along the Tajik-Afghan border by providing specialized equipment, trainings at the Shahrituz Border Detachment stretch in particular. This specific stretch is considered as the most vulnerable in terms of illicit drug trafficking.

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