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United States Present Trucks and Other Equipment (02/11/2004)

2004 Press Releases

United States Present Trucks and Other Equipment

(02/11/2004)   

On February 11, Jon R. Purnell, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan presented a total of $1,189,348 worth of equipment to border troops of Uzbekistan.

Accepting the equipment for border troops was Commander-in-Chief, Lieutenant-General Gafurjon Tishayev. Also participating in the hand over ceremony was Sadyk Safayev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and other officials from the governments of Uzbekistan and the United States.

The five Kamas 53215 trucks (6X4 wheel drive cargo), forty Ural 43206 trucks (4X4 wheel drive cargo), 50 Honda generators, 200 Nikon binoculars, 150 Lectro-Science handheld spotlights, 6 laptop computers will significantly enhance the ability of the Committee's personnel to perform their assigned missions. The equipment was presented under the State Department-funded Export Control and Related Border Security Assistance (EXBS) program.

The EXBS Program, administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, is designed to help halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, related technologies, and other weapons. The program in Uzbekistan comprises a wide range of nonproliferation export control assistance, from licensing and legal/regulatory technical workshops, to provision of equipment, and training for border control and enforcement agencies. Equipment being provided under this program includes communications equipment, surveillance and detection equipment, protective and medical equipment, vehicles, and vessels.

Since its inception in April 2000, the EXBS program has donated over $5 mln. in equipment and training to the Government of Uzbekistan. In July 2003, the EXBS program presented a total of 146 UAZ vehicles to the Uzbek Committee for State Border Protection and Uzbek Customs Committee valued at over $800,000. In August 2003, the program presented 3,776 Motorola radios, 708 antennas, and other communications equipment valued at over $1,800,000 to the Committee for State Border Protection and Uzbek Customs Committee. In September 2003, EXBS presented over $217,000 worth of instructional equipment for the new Customs Institute in Tashkent.

In the comings months, EXBS equipment donations will include night vision equipment, global positioning system (GPS) receivers, voltage stabilizers, batteries, metal detectors, and other equipment valued at over $600,000. Other major equipment donations scheduled for delivery next year include two helicopter simulators valued at $6,5 mln. and two patrol boats valued at $5,8 mln.