EU protects Turkmen onshore borders
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Nov. 10 / Trend H. Hasanov /
A five-day EU-financed workshop on complex border management for border agencies was held in Ashgabat today. Border agencies control land check-points.
Turkmenistan has common onshore borders with Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Kazakhstan. An unstable situation resulted in Afghanistan over the past 10 years, as the country remains a major drug supplier to European countries.
The European Commission on Border Management in Central Asia (BOMCA) Program is financed by the EU and realized within the U.N. Development Program.
A European expert was invited to Ashgabat to hold the training together with foreign-educated Turkmen specialists. The trainers spoke about passenger profiling, EU experience with external border protection and complex border management.
Practical trainings were also held.
BOMCA aims to assist in improving institutional reforms in border management, staff potential, infrastructural modernization and anti-drug-trafficking measures.
The workshop will continue with training courses in Dushanbe and Almaty in April and June 2009.
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