Interagency Meeting between the Border Control Experts of the Competent Authorities of the SCO Member States and SCO RATS Executive Committee

Interagency meeting of experts of the border services of the competent authorities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States and the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (hereinafter - SCO RATS Executive Committee) was held from August 21 to August 31, 2019 in the Russian Federation (Moscow and Khabarovsk). During the meeting, the outcomes of the first stage of the joint border operation (hereinafter JBO) named “Solidarity 2019-2021” were discussed.

The event was attended by the delegations from Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, representatives of the SCO RATS Executive Committee, as well as relevant law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation (Ministry of Internal Affairs, FSB and Rosguard).

The purpose of the first stage of JBO is to ensure that individuals and legal entities comply with the state border regime and the regime at checkpoints across the state border in the area covered by the operation. The measures planned within the framework of the operation are aimed at enhancing the parties' skills in countering the international terrorism, separatism and extremism, organized cross-border crime, as well as in preventing and suppressing criminal acts of the operation targets, as well as eliminating the root causes and conditions conducive to the commission of illegal activities in the covered areas.

During the first stage, the border authorities assessed the operational situation, determined the targets during the main period, and the areas and dates of the agreed preventive measures. They worked with the heads of public authorities of the Russian Federation, local self-governing bodies, as well as enterprises and organizations operating near the state border in order to make sure that they provide assistance to border authorities. They also worked with headquarters and members of voluntary squads in order to prepare them for the actions during the operation, and the procedures for engaging them were identified.

The event has been extremely well organized and has served as another major step towards strengthening the practical cooperation of the Parties to ensure stability at the state border.

 Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

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