State Border Service deputy chief: Illegal migration and drug trafficking should be prevented on Azerbaijani-Georgian green border
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 25 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
Necessary actions should be taken to prevent illegal migration and drug trafficking in the green zone of the Azerbaijani-Georgian border, Farhad Taghizada, Deputy Chief of the Azerbaijani State Border Service, told media.
"Measures preventing smuggling, illegal migration and drug trafficking are needed on the green borders between these places," he said
The Support for complex systems of integrated border management in the South Caucasus project was presented in Baku today.
The project implemented with financial support from the EU and the UN Development Program together with the Azerbaijani government was launched in September.
The project is aimed to improve the cooperation among the national agencies in the area of border management, to expand bilateral and regional cooperation with neighboring border states (except Armenia), EU member countries and other international organizations, to ensure border security and development of strategic management capacity and develop a proper document taking into account the Azerbaijani legislation.
The project worth 6.3 million euros is expected to complete by 2012.
He said that checkpoints of both countries will be improved within the Support for complex systems of integrated border management in the South Caucasus project.
He also said that it is impossible to cooperate with Armenia on the border area due to the ongoing occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories, including parts of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border. In this regard, it is only possible to develop relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia within the project.