Central Asia border security discussed in Vienna
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 18 / Trend /
The issues of Central Asia border security were discussed at the 10th Ministerial Conference of Central Asia Border Security Initiative (CABSI) in Vienna, CA-NEWS.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Austria, together with the European Union, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations Development Programme.
The Kyrgyz delegation, which includes First Deputy Chairman of State National Security Committee, Commander of Border Troops of the Committee Z. Tilenov, Chairman of the State Customs Service K.Kulmatov, participated in the conference.
The transnational challenges, including issues of drug trafficking and illegal migration in Central Asia, interstate coordination on border management, as well as the impact of the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan on the situation in the region were the main subjects of dicsussion at the meeting.
Kyrgyz delegation also held bilateral meetings with international partners, including the management and representatives of the UN, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNDP, OSCE, EU, the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs of Austria.
The Ministerial Declaration was adopted as an outcome of the conference. The document stressed the political importance of ensuring security and stability in Central Asia and the need for closer cooperation between countries in the region in order to strengthen border security. The document reflected the Issyk-Kul initiative aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the field of border security in Central Asia.
Edited by: A.Badalova