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Handover of "Dehkonkhona" border crossing point to the Afghan Border Police

26/09/2019 - 17:01
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On 07 September 2019, EU-funded Border Management in Northern Afghanistan (BOMNAF) project handed over the newly constructed and equipped Border Crossing Point (BCP) facility at Dehkonkhona, in the Wakhan District of the extreme northeast Afghanistan. This is the seventh Border Crossing Point (BCP) along the Northern borders of Afghanistan, where EU BOMNAF has had its border infrastructure development intervention.

The facility mirrors similar construction of “Langar” BCP on the Tajik side of the border constructed by UNDP with the financial support from the Government of Japan during 2018 under the Border Management Project (BMP) and consists of office space, accommodation, kitchen and dining facility, toilets and showers, storages, etc.

The two BCPs will create potential for more connectivity in the area through legitimate cross-border trade and movement of people at this remote and isolated part of Afghanistan, which is known for its peacefulness, but extreme poverty and harsh climate conditions.

Stressing the importance of ‘secure’ but ‘open’ borders, Ms. Naoko Takasu, Deputy Resident Representative a.i. of UNDP Tajikistan expressed gratitude to the European Union for the cooperation in the field of Integrated Border Management and said that hopefully UNDP will soon be able to also re-construct the bridge between the two BCPs in order for them to start functioning. 

During his speech Mr Mirdil Mushfiq, Acting Governor of the Wakhan District of Afghanistan noted that located at the Wakhan corridor, the Dehkonkhona BCP is creating potential for more regional connectivity for not only Tajikistan and Afghanistan, but also other countries in the proximity.  It will also promote cross-border trade and exchange and facilitate access for nearby border residents of Afghanistan to medical facilities in Tajikistan.  

Advisor of the Afghan Border Police (ABP), Col. Gulnabi Talash thanked the EU and UNDP for the continuous support to improve the capacity of the ABP not just in terms of construction and equipment, but also in terms of training and educational activities.  He hoped that such support will be continued to Afghanistan as the country is suffering from long insecurity challenge and is in need of support from international partners. 

Mr. Akbar Sharipov, Representative of the Tajikistan Ministry Foreign Affairs congratulated all participants and said that regardless of the remoteness and challenging environment the “Dehkonkhona”, thanks to the EU funding, the BCP is now completed.  This is an example of good cross-border cooperation between the two countries shall serve an enhanced connectivity, revival of the ancient Silk Roads and cross-border cooperation of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, but also the wider region.

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