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Embassy News 2005

Export Control And Related Border Security

May 18, 2005

On May 18,2005, the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, through its Export Control and Related Border Security Assistance Program (EXBS), granted to the GOAM Border Guards and National Security Service, a new state of the art checkpoint facility at the Bagratashen border with Georgia . U.S. Ambassador John M. Evans officially transferred the newly built and equipped facility to Deputy Foreign Minister Aram Kirakossian.

The U.S. Government invested over $200,000 dollars to provide the Armenian government with a modern checkpoint facility been outfitted with several computers and monitoring systems to track the movement of goods and people at the busy border crossing. In the near future, EXBS plans to grant and install radiation detection and monitoring equipment to help guard against the illegal transport of dangerous materials that could be used in weapons of mass destruction.

The Export Control and Related Border Security Assistance Program, administered by the Department of State and the US Homeland Security Agency, has been operating in Armenia since the year 2000. The EXBS Program currently operates in more than 27 countries, and is designed to strengthen and secure national borders by providing the latest in interdiction equipment, and by developing the enforcement skills of both the Border Guards and Customs Service in the fight against worldwide terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and chemical and biological warfare agents.

The EXBS Program for Armenia continues to conduct formal training seminars both locally and in the United States in order to provide Border Guards and Customs Inspectors with the advanced techniques of investigation necessary to identify sophisticated nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Over the last several years the EXBS Assistance Program has equipped the Border Guards and Customs Services of Armenia with various types of inspection and detection equipment: a radio-communication system, several types of border sensors, metal detectors, vehicles, computer equipment, cargo truck scales, and X-ray units. Last year,in addition to the project at Bagratashen, the EXBS Assistance Program provided construction funding to upgrade the Border Guards barracks at the Gogavan Port of Entry, and both Border Guard and Customs training facilities in Yerevan.