RUSSIAN BORDER GUARDS TRANSFERRED CONTROL OVER PAMIR STRETCH OF TAJIK-AFGHAN BORDER TO TAJIK COLLEAGUES

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DUSHANBE, December 5 (RIA Novosti) - On Sunday, Russian border guards from the Kalaikhumbski border guard detachment transferred control over a 100-kilometer stretch of the Tajik-Afghan border to their Tajik counterparts, announced head of the press service of the Russian Border Guard Group under FSB branch in Tajikistan, Colonel Alexander Kondratyev.

The personnel attended the solemn ceremony of lowering the Russian flag and hoisting the Tajik flag.

Head of the Kalaykhumbski border guard detachment, Colonel Sergei Levin transferred five main frontier posts, seven frontier posts and a checkpoint on the Tajik-Afghan border to Tajik border guards.

On Sunday, the Russian personnel and members of their families will be transported by helicopters from Kalaikhumb to Dushanbe. On December 6, they will be transferred to other places of service on the territory of Russia.

Overall, in November-December, in accordance with the October 16, 2004 agreement between Tajikistan and Russia, Tajik border guards assumed responsibility over the entire stretch of the Tajik-Afghan border in Pamir region (881.6 kilometers).

In 2004, Russian border guards detained three trespassers of the border, had one firefight with armed bandits. In addition, they seized 432.1 kilograms of narcotics, including 78.7 kilograms of heroin; 2,571 rounds of ammunition, three rockets and 50 tank gun rounds, 48 mines, 61 grenades, 440 grenade launcher rounds and 6.7 kilograms of explosives.

In 2005, Russian border guards will transfer stretches controlled by Moskovski and Pyanjski frontier detachments to their Tajik colleagues.

22 main frontier posts and 25 frontier posts with all infrastructure necessary for control over the border, and also three border checkpoints are scheduled for the transfer.

In accordance with the agreement, Russian border guards will continue provide assistance to their Tajik colleagues as advisors. They will also interact with Tajik borderguards in order to protect the external CIS borders, develop plans for joint operations and implement measures aimed at the fight against illegal migration, contraband of narcotics, weapons, explosive and poisonous substances, radioactive materials, etc.

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