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Embassy News 2005

U.S. Embassy Yerevan Hosts U.S. Department of Energy Workshop

Monday 15 August through Wednesday 17 August, the Embassy of the United States of America in Yerevan sponsored a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commodity Identification Training (CIT) demonstration workshop at the Armenia Marriott Hotel in Yerevan. This seminar was conducted by a United States Department of Energy (DoE) training team. The workshop familiarized officers from the Armenian State Customs Committee and the National Security Service with the enforcement of export controls for WMD-related materials and helped train the officers to recognize these controlled commodities. Richard Talley, Team Leader, noted that, while this is a very complex subject, the interest and questions asked by the more than 20 participants indicated an excellent understanding of the importance of this information to Armenian border security.

Following the workshop, the DoE Training Team will host a two-day Export Control Technical Exchange in Yerevan for representatives of institutions responsible for the licensing and enforcement of the Republic of Armenia's export control laws and regulations. During the exchange, both sides will discuss export control and will share experiences and best practices related to export controls. Representatives of the State Customs Committee, the National Security Service, the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development, the Commission on Export Control, and technical experts involved in review of export licenses have been invited.

This training and technical exchange is sponsored under the United States Export Control and related Border Security (EXBS) Program, which has been operating in the Republic of Armenia for almost five years. The EXBS Program is designed to strengthen the borders of Armenia by providing the latest in interdiction equipment, and developing the enforcement skills of the Armenian Border Guards and the Customs Service in the fight against worldwide terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and chemical and biological warfare.