UN, OSCE Bolster Turkmenistan's Anti-Trafficking Battle
<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/27e5356e-aedf-4214-80b1-5a6f064b25c4_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Drugs seized in Afghanistan (file photo) (AFP)"> <img alt="Drugs seized in Afghanistan (file photo) (AFP)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/27e5356e-aedf-4214-80b1-5a6f064b25c4_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Drugs seized in Afghanistan (file photo) (AFP)</p></div>ASHGABAT, 15 February 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Turkmenistan's customs and border officials are this week taking part in internationally backed training courses on fighting drug trafficking.
The week-long program, in which German customs officers are teaching the latest techniques used to combat drug trafficking, comes at a time when Central Asian law enforcement agencies face a rising tide of drugs flowing from Afghanistan.
Turkmenistan, which has a long border with Afghanistan, is Central Asia's most closed state. Nonetheless, substantial amounts of drugs are thought to pass through the country.
The training was organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with the support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).