Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Oct.8 / Trend H. Hasanov /
UN jointly with the EU will make a significant contribution to the training of local border guards for the effective protection of Turkmenistan's state borders from illegal migration, smuggling, drug and weapons trafficking, as well as protection from terrorism threats, the UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan Lenni Montiel said in Ashgabat.
According to the UN press release, it was said during opening ceremony of Training Center in the Yanbash settlement of the State Border Service of Turkmenistan. The ptoject was implemented within theBorder Management Programme for Central Asia (BOMCA).
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the State Service for Combating Drugs, the State Border Service and representatives of the embassies of Romania, Germany, Poland and the USA accredited in Turkmenistan.
Participants got familiarized with classrooms, conference room, library, dining room and a training ground. Coordinator of the House of Europe in Turkmenistan Theo Hensels stressed that "this center will become a base for training of professional border guards, who with the help of BOMCA now have access to high technology and have more opportunities to improve their skills."
Within the BOMCA technical assistance is provided to improve institutional reforms in border management, building human resources capacity in Central Asia.
Turkmenistan has a long border with Afghanistan, where unstable situations remains in recent decades.