Dushanbe, 30 March 2016.
A four-day seminar organized by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan on explosive hazards training management opened at the Office’s premises in Dushanbe on 29 March 2016.
Eighteen training managers and instructors working in explosive hazards reduction and response at the national armed forces, national mine action co-ordination authorities as well as supporting agencies from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and the Unites States, are taking part.
Tajikistan’s landmine legacy largely stems from Russian defenses to prevent border crossings by Afghan militants and narcotics traffickers. Landmines and UXO from the 1992–1997 civil war also impede the socioeconomic development of Tajikistan’s central Rasht Valley Region and limit access to valuable agricultural land. Uzbekistan has emplaced mines along Tajikistan’s northern and western borders, some of which have spilled into non-delimited border areas. Furthermore, as a result of years of regional conflict and a porous border with Afghanistan, Tajikistan has amassed large quantities of SA/LW and munitions that are poorly secured and threaten both national and regional security.
Best practices in reducing and responding to the threat of explosive hazards was the focus of an OSCE-supported three-day visit by a delegation from three Central Asian countries to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which concluded on 19 November 2015.
During the visit, which was jointly facilitated by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan and the OSCE Mission to BiH, 14 representatives of the national armed forces, the national mine action authorities and supporting agencies from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan exchanged their experience with colleagues from BiH and discussed issues related to peace-keeping operations.
The second training course facilitated by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan on Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat (IED-D) for Tajik and Afghan specialists concluded in Dushanbe on 5 November 2015.
17 representatives of national armed forces, national mine action co-ordination authorities and supporting agencies from Tajikistan and Afghanistan completed the training course. It follows the first course held on 26-30 October 2015 and attended by fifteen military specialists from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.