OSCE supports regional explosive ordnance disposal course for specialists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

Eighteen specialists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan completed a three-week regional Explosive Ordnance Disposal course (EOD level 1) at the Regional Explosive Hazards Training Centre (REHTC) of Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defence in Chimteppa, on 29 July 2022.

The course was hosted by Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defence and facilitated by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe in partnership with the United States Army Central (USARCENT). USARCENT and the REHTC’s instructors delivered the training course.

The main topics covered at the course were explosives and explosive theory; identification of explosive ordnances; EOD safeties; EOD recognition; EOD equipment; protective works and personal protective equipment; transportation, storage and disposal of explosive ordnances.

Tea Jaliashvili, Acting Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe stressed the importance of joint endeavours in implementing the project. She said: “Only by means of all parties engaged - Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defence; Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre; the US Department of State; Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan’s Ministries of Defence and the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe - it was possible to ensure the programme’s efficiency and effectiveness.”

Representing Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defence, Major General Egamzod Sharaf, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Ministry said: “The Tajik Ministry of Defence highly appreciates the contribution of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe in training regional specialists on EOD course since the level of the threat of terrorism and the threat posed by explosive hazards have not decreased in the region yet.”

The course will sustain the training capacity within the Ministries of Defence of Central Asia to train its staff on explosive hazards and operational management resources. It will allow the Ministries to continue internal capacity development and skills transfer in their respective departments in Central Asia and other OSCE participating States in accordance with national and international standards.

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