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United States Present Vehicles to the Committees for State Border Control and Customs in Uzbekistan (07/22/2003)

2003 Press Releases

United States Present Vehicles to the Committees for State Border Control and Customs in Uzbekistan


On July 22, David E. Appleton, U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Uzbekistan presented a total of 146 UAZ vehicles to the Uzbek Committee for State Border Protection and Uzbek Customs Committee. Accepting the vehicles for the Customs Committee was Chairman Major-General Batyr Parpiev and for the State Border Protection Committee was Deputy Chairman Habiev Rashid. Also participating in the hand over ceremony were officials from the governments of Uzbekistan and the United States.

The five UAZ 31602 (4-wheel drive passenger vehicles), ten UAZ 3962 (ambulances), fifty-five UAZ 33036 (cargo trucks), and seventy-six UAZ 3153 (4-wheel drive passenger vehicles), valued at over $800,000, will significantly enhance the ability of the respective Committees' personnel to perform their assigned missions. The vehicles were 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 provided under this program includes communications equipment, surveillance and detection equipment, protective and medical equipment, transportation and vehicles, vessels, border control training, and export control training/workshops.

Since it's inception in April 2000, the EXBS program has donated over $3,500,000 in equipment and training to the Government of Uzbekistan. This year's donations will exceed $6,000,000 in equipment and training. In the next two months equipment donations will include 3,776 Motorola radios valued at $1,700,000, 45 cargo trucks valued at $1,123,000, and night vision equipment valued at $ 330,000. Other major donations scheduled for delivery next year include two helicopter simulators valued at $6,500,000 and two patrol boats values at $5,800,000.