Challenges Related to Cross-Border Movement of Foreign Terrorist Fighters Are Discussed in Ashgabat

A National Workshop on "Strengthening the use of advanced investigative techniques and cross-border investigations in accordance with UNSCR 2396 (2017)" took place on 22-23 October 2019 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The workshop was organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA) and the Programme Office in Turkmenistan, within the project aimed at Supporting the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2396 (2017) -related investigation capacities and cooperation against transnational and cross-border terrorism in Central Asia, South Asia and North Africa, funded by the U.S. Government. 

The workshop gathered 42 participants, including representatives of law enforcement agencies of Turkmenistan and international experts to discuss challenges related to cross-border movement of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and strategies and measures to be developed and implemented to enhance border security cooperation at the intra-agency and inter-agency level, including through cross-border investigations and to strengthen capacity to detect, intercept and monitor individuals involved in terrorism-related activities in border areas.

Experts representing INTERPOL, ICAO, IOM, OSCE, UK and UNODC facilitated the workshop by sharing their expertise and international practices. The sessions addressed current good practices, case studies and practical examples applicable to the current international framework to identify and detect FTFs, including the use of databases and watchlists in counter terrorism and border security contexts.

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