OSCE holds regional seminar in Ashgabat on combating financing of terrorism
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Sept. 20
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
Representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in an OSCE-supported regional seminar “Combating financing of terrorism: best practices within the OSCE region” in Ashgabat, the OSCE said in a message.
The seminar organized by the OSCE Center in Ashgabat aimed to share international standards and best practices in the area of combating the financing of terrorism.
The participants also discussed further strengthening of international and interagency cooperation among the relevant state authorities.
Experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan presented their countries’ experiences in combating the financing of terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters, highlighting the importance of the relevant legislative framework and of conducting national risk assessments related to the financing of terrorism.
The participants also shared best practices in interagency interaction in the detection of cases of the financing of terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters and stressed the role of international cooperation in the detection of transboundary financial flows.
“The OSCE calls on its participating states to apply a coordinated approach to combating terrorism at all levels while promoting interagency and interstate cooperation as well as interaction with relevant international and regional organizations,” said Natalya Drozd, head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat.
An international expert touched upon the distribution schemes to finance terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters and best practices in the detection of transboundary financial flows.
The seminar also addressed analytical methods to detect suspicious transactions and funding sources in the area of the financing of foreign terrorist fighters.
During the practical exercises, participants worked in groups to review cases related to the investigation of terrorist financing cases by financial and criminal intelligence units.