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U.S. Embassy Helps Tajikistan Detect Nuclear Threats

January 14, 2011
Ambassador Gross (right) and President of the Academy of Sciences Mamadsho Ilolov (left) dedicated a new Technical Services Laboratory (U.S. Embassy Dushanbe)

Ambassador Gross (right) and President of the Academy of Sciences Mamadsho Ilolov (left) dedicated a new Technical Services Laboratory, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, January 14, 2011.

U.S. Ambassador Ken Gross and President of the Academy of Sciences Mamadsho Ilolov dedicated the new Technical Services Laboratory for the Nuclear and Radioactive Safety Agency under the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan.

The United States Embassy in Dushanbe, as part of its Export Control and Related Border Security program (EXBS), funded the full refurbishment of the laboratory and provided spectrometer systems, radiation identification devices and computers, laboratory equipment and office furniture.

The U.S. Embassy spent approximately $569,464 to renovate and equip the center. The purpose of the laboratory is to provide technical assistance on the calibration of dosimetric equipment that detects X-ray and gamma radiation. The center will help find and interdict the movement of nuclear and radioactive materials, thereby reducing the possibility that the materials will become lost or fall into the wrong hands.

This center will enable Tajik authorities to analyze suspicious radioactive materials to determine their source, thereby assisting in follow-up criminal investigations of illicit trafficking of these materials. In his remarks, Ambassador Gross noted that, "This specialized building and equipment will help the Government of Tajikistan protect its citizens and the region against nuclear threats facing the world."

This equipment and facility reconstruction are one of the many assistance projects the U.S. Embassy implements in Tajikistan on behalf of the American people. Since 1992, the American people have provided more than $900 million in assistance programs that support the economic growth, democratic institutions, health care, education and security systems of Tajikistan.

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