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U.S. Funds Border-Crossings In Turkmenistan

* Correction Appended

ASHGABAT -- The United States is funding border-crossing stations to prevent smuggling across the Turkmen border, a key entry point for narcotics and other illegal materials.

The 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy identified the Turkmen border as a possible entry point for radioactive, biological, and chemical agents.

Andrew Paul, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, told RFE/RL's Turkmen Service that the U.S. military funded border-crossing stations along Turkmenistan's borders with Iran and Afghanistan.

He said a similar station is currently under construction along the Turkmen-Uzbek border.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $5.5 million.

*This story was corrected to reflect that $5.5 million is the total cost of the project, not the price for each border station.