Ministers to meet in Vienna at Central Asia Border Security Initiative
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 12 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Austrian Interior Ministry, the EU, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UNDP will hold a ministerial-level meeting of the Central Asia Border Security Initiative (CABSI) in Vienna on 16 and 17 April, OSCE reported on Thursday.
The meeting will focus on challenges including illegal migration, drug smuggling and corruption, as well as the planned drawdown of international forces from Afghanistan.
The conference will be opened by Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner; Russian deputy Interior Minister Sergey Bulavin; Hungarian Interior Minister Sándor Pintér; Albanian Interior Minister Bujar Nishani; Turkmenistan's Minister for National Security Yaylym Berdiyev; OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier; and Yury Fedotov, Director General of UNODC.
CABSI, launched by the Austrian Interior Minister in 2003, is a key co-ordination forum for discussing border management, border security and combating drugs in Central Asia.