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Central Asia: U.N. Drug Smuggling Program Begins

Bishkek, 7 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - A presentation of a new United Nations regional program on fighting drug smuggling in Central Asia takes place today in Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. Itar-Tass news agency reports this part of the U.N. program will deal with smuggling on the shared borders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. A top Kyrgyz anti-smuggling official in Bishkek, Askar Mameyev, tells the news agency that the U.N. is allocating nearly $2 million for technical installations, coordination of customs structures and policing activities along the three countries' common borders.

A delegation of customs and drug experts from the European Union this week is also visiting Kyrgyzstan. The delegation's focus is on the drug flow from Afghanistan to Europe via Central Asia.