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BISHKEK, June 7 (TCA) – The head of Kyrgyzstan’s drug control agency, Vitaly Orozaliyev, made a suggestion to inspect Manas International Airport for illegal narcotics, during the parliamentary committee session on June 5.

Manas Airport located in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, has been a transit center of NATO coalition troops and military equipment during the beginning of operations in Afghanistan since 2001. 

According to Orozaliyev, under current agreements neither the cargo that comes to Manas, nor its workers, is subjected to searches, however, Transit Center is a channel of drugs trafficking from Afghanistan; therefore it would be right to insist on checking cargo arriving at the airport.

“Yes, there’s been information about narcotics. We have held talks with our Russian and American colleagues about this and believe it would be right to raise the issue of searching cargo shipments coming into the transit center,” he said.

 With reporting from


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