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Over $ 40,000 allocated to improve conditions at Dostuk checkpoint

More than $ 40,000 was allocated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to improve the border crossing between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan at Dostuk checkpoint. The UN Office informed 24.kg news agency.

According to it, the reopening of the border checkpoints Dostuk and Duslik on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border created new problems. In September 2017, international checkpoints switched to round-the-clock operation. As a result, the number of people crossing the border per day increased to 10,000 with the capacity of the checkpoint of 400-600 people. The waiting time at passport control and baggage inspection increased from 2 minutes to 5 hours.

An analysis showed that 800-meter queues that formed on the Kyrgyz side of the border are the result of small rooms for passport control and small corridor capacity. At the border checkpoint of Kyrgyzstan, five passport controllers serve five people at a time, 20 people undergo baggage and goods inspection, the rest of the people are waiting for the queue outside the checkpoint.

«The queues are mainly caused by the fact that the checkpoints are understaffed and require additional equipment to read the identification data. In coordination with local authorities — both from the Uzbek and Kyrgyz sides — we have developed a plan to eliminate tension on the border in order to avoid queues and help passengers to pass border control faster,» said UNODC Coordinator Yusuf Kurbanov.

Local authorities will build 12 new passport control divisions, and UNODC will purchase and install equipment and train customs and border control officers in the use of control devices. The checkpoint will be equipped with a video surveillance system, and the staff will undergo training in anti-corruption issues.

«The opening of reinforced border crossings points is planned for the end of April,» Yusuf Kurbanov said.