CSTO Secretary General visits OSCE Border Management Staff College



CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha (l) addresses participants of the 12th Border Management Staff College, 1 October 2014. (OSCE BMSC/Ilona Kazaryan )

DUSHANBE, 2 October 2014 – The delegation of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) headed by the Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha visited the OSCE Border Management College yesterday in Dushanbe.

The CSTO Secretary General addressed 24 participants of the 12th Border Management Staff Course representing Algeria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

Secretary General Bordyuzha stressed the importance of measures to counter transnational threats and challenges, touched upon the main aspects of the CSTO activities in the area of ensuring the regional security. The mechanisms for countering transnational threats in Central Asia such as illegal drug trafficking, terrorism, illegal migration, and others were presented.

Bordyuzha also emphasized the necessity and importance of international co-operation in the area of border security and management and noted concrete examples of such co-operation implemented through the crisis response system, conducting anti-smuggling operations (‘Channel’), and operations on countering illegal migration (‘Illegal Migrant’).

“In the framework of co-operation with the OSCE, the CSTO representatives have already delivered a number of learning sessions on the involvement of international organizations in security initiatives and in countering various transnational threats. We intend to further develop our co-operation with the Border Management Staff College with the aim of enhancing the border security systems across the entire OSCE region,” said Bordyuzha.

Ambassador Markus Mueller, the Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, said: “Co-operation with the CSTO in Central Asia is of high importance as the organization has been working in the region for a long time and has good experience in the area of countering transnational threats to security.”