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OSCE consults Ashgabat on countering terrorism threats

1 June 2016 16:05 (UTC+04:00)
OSCE consults Ashgabat on countering terrorism threats

The OSCE organized a training course in Ashgabat where Turkmen law-enforcement and military officials discussed practices of responding to terrorism threats to large public events.

Representatives from the Turkmen Ministries of Defence and National Security, Interior Ministry, as well as the State Border Service, State Migration Service and the General Prosecutor's Office discussed ensuring the security of public events, including facility security, resistance, emergency power, medical emergency and fire precaution, the OSCE reported.

International experts from Turkey introduced participants to the philosophy and models of crisis/hostage negotiations, practices of responding to hostage incidents and applying optimal negotiation tools.

"As Turkmenistan recently passed a number of laws addressing the organization of public events, rallies and demonstrations, the Centre designed this training course to facilitate the exchange of best practices in ensuring the security during mass gatherings and events in line with international standards and national legislation," said Richard Wheeler, Political Officer of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.

"The training course has an added value as it familiarized the relevant officials with effective techniques and instruments they will need to successfully accomplish their important task of ensuring the security and maintaining public order during the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and other large-scale events which will be held in Turkmenistan," he added.

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