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Saakashvili announces plans to reinforce border with Transdniestria

Governor of Ukraine's Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili said on Tuesday he plans to reinforce Ukraine's border with the unrecognized republic of Transdniestria.

"We have two major tasks - to reinforce the border and curb corruption. Drug and weapons trafficking across this border mean nothing good," he told a news conference in Odessa.

He pledged Ukraine would take efforts to "restore lawfulness along the line of contact." "We have a presidential programme that provides financing for border reinforcement measures," he said. "It is quite realistic to fulfil it after we curb corruption in all power bodies. No barbed wire will help if a customs or border office overlooks contraband. Everything is pointless in this case."

Engineering works aiming to block movement of military hardware and contraband started at the Transdniestrian section of the Ukrainian-Moldovan border.

Ukraine has 1,222 kilometre long border line with Moldova, including a 450-kilometre Transdniestrian section.

[Source: Itar Tass, Kiev, 09Jun15]

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