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The OSCE Office in Tajikistan and the nation's Chief Directorate for Border Guard Troops have agreed on the implementation of a training programme aimed at improving border security administration.
TAJIKISTAN — On July 28, the OSCE Office in Tajikistan signed a memorandum of understanding with Tajikistan's Border Guard Troops Directorate of the State National Security Committee to implement a training programme designed to improve border security administration. OSCE Public Information Assistant Firuza Guljmaseynova stated that the one-year programme will train Tajik Border Guard personnel in programming and management, leading patrols and analysing processes related to patrolling, rendering medical assistance during patrols and winter patrolling.
Upon completion of the programme, the OSCE will transfer the equipment and property used during training to the Border Guard Directorate for future training of a similar nature for new entrants to the force.
The Tajik-Afghan border is 1300km long. After the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1989, Russian border guards patrolled it until 2005 after which, in accordance with a request by the Tajik government, Russian troops ceased to provide that service and left the country. The Republic of Tajikistan is now patrolling its borders with its own forces and is understandably concerned about ensuring that they are as well-trained as possible for the major responsibility at a time when the situation in Afghanistan remains volatile.