The Council of Border Troops' Commanders, or the CBTC, is about to meet for its 44th session in Dushanbe. Chaired by Konstantin Totsky, the Director of Russia's Federal Frontier Service, the session gathers Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov, chiefs of border services of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Ukraine, and officials from the CBTC coordinating service, the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Integration Committee of the Eurasian Economic Community.
Participants in the session are expected to discuss the progress of fulfilling decisions of the Council of CIS Presidents, participation of the CBTC in the effort to fulfil an interstate program of joint measures to combat crime in 2000-2003, and CIS members' programs of measures to combat international terrorism and other types of extremism.
The sides will also consider the situation on CIS borders and topical problems related to cooperation between border service, and fix the date of the next session of the CBTC, which turns 10 on July 6th.
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