Turkmenistan military officials study stockpile management practices in UK
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 18 /Trend/
Four representatives of Turkmenistan's Presidential Administration and the Ministry of Defence participated in a five-day study visit to the United Kingdom, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reported on Friday.
The visit provided the military and emergency officials with the opportunity to learn new and applied practices for physical security and stockpile management of small arms and light weapons and conventional ammunition in the UK.
The study visit was organized by the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, the Joint Arms Control Implementation Group of the UK Ministry of Defence and the British Embassy in Ashgabat.
During the visit the participants visited several weapons and ammunition storage and destruction sites, and discussed efficient stockpile management and incidence response, including storage and rotation, registration and issuing procedures, periodic checking routines and responses to incidents such as storage facility intrusion, loss and damage of arms, and fire and explosions at ammunition depots.
According to the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, the Ambassador Sergei Belyaev, the OSCE participating sates have extensive and valuable experience in small arms and light weapons management and safe storage procedures.
"Projects to exchange information and experiences between the host country and other participating states are of particular importance to the Centre in Ashgabat," he said,
He said that the OSCE will continue providing technical assistance and training opportunities for Turkmenistan to enhance security, safety and management of small arms and light weapons and conventional ammunition.
Edited by: A.Badalova