Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Sept. 3 / Trend H. Hasanov /
A large batch of drugs was seized at Turkmenistan's border, the Turkmen media reported with reference to a report of the State Border Service today.
This report was submitted at a meeting of the State Security Council which was held with the participation of the President and Supreme Commander Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Vatan newspaper reported that the Turkmen leader congratulated border guards on the successful operation and thanked them for responsible service.
The president signed the documents on awarding the border guards involved in the detention of drugs carriers.
"The country will continue to consistently create the conditions for effective service and holidays of our border guards performing a sacred duty to protect the borders of our Motherland, the happy life of the people and tranquillity of the country," the president said.
He was expressing confidence that the servicemen will make every effort to make the Turkmen borders ones of friendship.
Turkmenistan is actively cooperating with the UN in this area as a participant of three international conventions on combating illicit trafficking of narcotic and psychotropic substances, adopted by the UN in 1961, 1971 and 1988.
Turkmenistan joined the Commission on Narcotic Drugs for 2012-2015. The country implements a number of regional and national projects and programmes for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the European Union, as well as projects involving the governments of Great Britain and the United States.
Turkmenistan has a long border with Afghanistan, whose territory according to the UN, is widely used for the cultivation of narcotic plants.
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