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    BISHKEK, January 13, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent Yulia Orlova/. The European Union is to assist Kyrgyzstan to consolidate its borders in order to prevent illegal trade in slaves, arms and drugs, EU Ambassador to Kyrgystan Alan Waddams said in Bishkek on Tuesday.

    According to him, the European Union allocates some $10 million for these purposes. "This money will finance projects on the improvement of border control and the opening of a regional office of the EU anti-drugs program in Bishkek," he noted.

    The projects imply such measures as re-equipment of border checkpoints at airports, highways and railway stations of the republic, the reinforcement of control over drug trafficking, etc.

    The European Union aims at further active cooperation with Kyrgyzstan in this sphere as most drugs and illegal migrants penetrate to Europe through Central Asia, Alan Waddams stressed.

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