Azerbaijan and Georgia keen to strengthen cooperation on border protection
The European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governments of Azerbaijan and Georgia summarised the results of a three-year initiative which aimed to enhance land border protection between Azerbaijan and Georgia.
The program "Better Coordination of Protection of the Land Border Between Azerbaijan and Georgia", which was launched in 2014, is implemented with the financing of the EU and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The closing conference of the programme in Tbilisi on 25 September 2017, brought together top officials of the border management agencies of Azerbaijan and Georgia, border management officials from the European countries – Austria and Romania, and representatives of the European Union, United Nations and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).
The initiative implemented in Azerbaijan and Georgia is a part of the European Union’s wider assistance to the South Caucasus under the European Union Eastern Partnership Flagship. International partners assisted the countries to introduce Integrated Border Management as an effective way to tackle smuggling and trafficking, ease people’s mobility across the borders, and enhance regional and global cooperation
With the total budget of over Euro 5 million, the programme addressed a range of a border management areas, including the coordinated operation at a land border between Azerbaijan and Georgia, improvement of the operational performance of the border management agencies, strengthened cooperation between the two countries, and overall security in the South Caucasus region.
In near future, Georgia and Azerbaijan also intend to sign an agreement to strengthen cooperation in this direction.