Belarus Border Guard Committee signs co-operation plan with International Organization for Migration

BELTA.The State Border Guard Committee of Belarus and the International Organization for Migration signed a memorandum of understanding and a co-operation plan for 2006-2007 on August 3. The documents were signed by chairperson of the State Border Guard Committee of Belarus Lieutenant-General Alexander Pavlovskiy and head of the IOMs representative office Dejan Keserovic.

The press service of the State Border Guard Committee told BelTA, the memorandum outlines the most important directions of co-operation in the fight against human trafficking, illegal migration, and transboundary crime. In line with the co-operation plan by the end of 2006 a series of practical seminars on ways to combat trafficking in persons will be held in Belarus. The sides also plan to regularly issue a joint information bulletin.

The State Border Guard Committee of Belarus and the International Organization for Migration have been cooperating for nine years. In the period working meetings and seminars were held to discuss fight against illegal migration. A pilot project Managing migration flows on Gomel direction of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border was accomplished. English language courses for border guards were organised. The IOM supplied a set of computer equipment for the Committees local area information exchange network.

8 August 2006