OSCE Office in Tajikistan supports courses on defeating improvised explosive devices

LYAUR, Tajikistan, 30 September 2016 – Two five-day courses on explosive ordnance disposal with the focus on defeating improvised explosive devices facilitated by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan concluded in Lyaur today.

Thirty-five representatives of national armed forces as well as national mine action coordination authorities and supporting agencies from Afghanistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan completed the training courses.

“OSCE firmly believes that developing common approaches and co-operation in addressing the issue of Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat through national capacity-building and technical dialogue contributes to enhanced regional stability and security,” said Fabio Piana, the Acting Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan.

“Tajikistan is becoming a regional explosive hazards reduction and response training hub,” emphasized Muhabbat Ibrohimzoda, the Director of Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre. “Threats of improvised explosive devices are widely recognized as is the need to address these challenges not only in the region, but also beyond.”

Major Kevin Steele, Chief, from Office of Military Cooperation at the United States Embassy in Dushanbe, said: “Joint training course enable interoperability among Central Asian militaries in possible future cooperation efforts such as participation in peacekeeping operations, which are vulnerable to threats from improvised explosive devices.”

The training courses were developed and delivered by the US Army Central (ARCENT), hosted by Tajikistan’s Defence Ministry and certified by the Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre. They were financed by the US State Department’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.

Since 2009, the OSCE has been supporting the development of co-operative mechanisms on a technical level among states in Central Asia and Afghanistan to address concerns and challenges stemming from explosive hazards.

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