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BISHKEK – Authorities will open four border liaison offices along the Tajik-Kyrgyz border to fight drug trafficking, Vecherny Bishkek reported August 13, quoting Steve Monaco, acting UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) regional representative for Central Asia. The timetable for completing the project was not disclosed.
Japan has given the UNODC US $1.27m (59.8m KGS) to fight smuggling of Afghan drugs into Central Asia and Europe via the Northern Route, Japanese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Shin Maruo said, according to Vecherny Bishkek.
A quarter of all exported Afghan heroin plies the Northern Route, News.tj reported, quoting the UNODC.