Conference on Border Security in Central Asia starts in Ashgabat
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, October 2/ Trend, H. Hasanov /
A two-day (October 2-3) conference of the Central Asia Border Security Initiative (CABSI) started in Ashgabat on Wednesday, a source close to the negotiations reported.
CABSI was formed in 2003 by the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs of Austria for the coordination of programme activities and strategic objectives of the Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) funded by the European Union.
The agenda includes improving the border security level and facilitating trade and the movement of people across the border as one of the methods of economic development.
Participants from the Central Asian countries, EU member states and international concerned organisations are invited to the CABSI meeting.
The EU website says the border infrastructure, equipment and procedures have been modernised over the last decade in the region thanks to the efforts of Central Asian countries in close cooperation with bilateral, regional and international donors.
At this stage, one of the key issues discussed within CABSI are the possible consequences of reducing the international forces in Afghanistan and for the situation in the field of border security and managing the northern border of Afghanistan.