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CIS experts to discuss border security in Minsk

MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) - CIS experts will meet in Minsk to review the issues related to the consolidation of border security, BelTA learnt from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.

“On 13-14 November Minsk will host a session of the group of experts who will finalize and agree the CIS Heads of State Council’s draft resolutions aimed to strengthen border security of the CIS countries. The session is set to review two documents. They are a draft resolution on the formation and application of a group of border and other CIS agencies tasked with settling crisis situations on the outer border; and a draft resolution stipulating emergency assistance to Tajikistan for the sake of strengthening border security in the Tajik-Afghan part of the CIS outer border,” the press service noted. The first document pertains to the countries which have signed a protocol approving the measures to coordinate the activities of border and other CIS agencies when rendering assistance in case of crisis situations on the CIS outer border. These countries are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

“Jointly with the CIS Council of Border Troops Commanders the competent authorities of these countries will be obliged to amend cooperation plans every year, taking into account possible developments on the outer border, and agree the quantitative composition of the national troops of the border services and other agencies which are set to be included in the group tasked with dealing with crisis situations. A joint command-staff exercise of the border services and other agencies of the CIS countries will be held at least once in three years. The Coordinating Service of the Council will inform the states of the situation on the outer border and probable threats to border security,” the CIS Executive Committee press service said.