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Belarus seeks closer international ties in border management

BREST, 24 July (BelTA) - Belarus seeks to develop international contacts in the field of border control, Daniel Redondo, Training and Project Officer at the IOM, told reporters. He is attending a seminar for the staff of the border service agencies of Belarus and Armenia in Brest.

“A joint project of international technical assistance of the IOM and the State Border Committee of Belarus “Assistance in the Development of Border Plenipotentiary System in Belarus and Armenia (ARBEL)”, the seminar is a part of which, was developed on the initiative of Belarus. This suggests that Belarus is extremely interested in improving its system of border control and developing international relations,” Daniel Redondo said.

According to him, one of the priorities of the International Organization for Migration at the international level is to encourage the partner countries to interact with each other. “For us it is very important that Belarus and Armenia are moving towards the institute of border plenipotentiary staff of the IOM. Today, all countries are under constant pressure on the part of the general public in terms of control, regulation of migration flows, fight against illegal migration, asylum, and therefore are interested in the constant improvement of the efficiency of these processes,” Daniel Redondo said.

The IOM plenipotentiary staff are people on site, at border crossings points who can promptly resolve border incidents, without the involvement of diplomatic staff of the Foreign Ministry, because they have first-hand knowledge of the migration situation. Today, many countries are setting up the institute of plenipotentiary staff, understand its necessity because it is the most effective way to not only deal with migration challenges but also an effective way to cut public spending in this area, he added.