Regional news round-up — October 23, 2008

Regional news round-up — October 23, 2008 - Central Asia News Afghanistan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Turkmenistan-Sports Business and Entertainment

Central Asia Online Correspondent


DUSHANBE — President asserts Tajikistan does not produce drugs: Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon declared, at a conference on border management and drugs control, that his country does not produce drugs. Tajikistan’s geopolitical location has evolved into an ideal transit route for drugs, which puts "Tajikistan on the front-line in countering the global threats of international terrorism and extremism, transnational organised crime and drugs and arms trafficking," Rakhmon said. [Daily News Bulletin]

ALMATY — Kazakh senate agrees to anti-drugs information centre: The Kazakh senate has approved the development of an anti-drugs information centre in Central Asia, joining Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in agreement on the project. The centre will be located in Astana and all seven nations will contribute to funding it. [Xinhua]

ISLAMABAD — Pak parliament unites to condemn terrorism: For the first time Pakistan’s state parliament has united to stand against terrorism. Parliament members declared in a resolution that the nation must “take ownership of counterinsurgency efforts." It also said, “Extremism, militancy and terrorism in all forms and manifestations pose a grave danger to the stability and integrity of the nation-state." Parliamentarians also expressed support for government-led peace efforts. [Reuters]

ASHGABAT — President launches construction projects: Turkmenistan President Berdymuhamedov launched the construction of two new textile plants on Oct. 23. The president helped lay the foundation of a cotton mill in the Akhal region, which will process more than ten thousand tons of cotton yearly, and marked the launch of a factory in Ruhabat. He also attended the opening of a new petrol station in Babaarap village, which is one of five that will be built in the region. [ASIA-Plus]

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