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Lithuanian Border Guards to Participate in Mission at Georgian–Russian Boarder


2006.07.24

The experts of the Lithuanian State Boarder Guard Service (SBGS) will assess the situation at the boarder between Georgia and Russia.

The Government has decided to send two SBGS officers to join the European Union (EU) border guard mission in Georgia to monitor the situation at the Georgian border from this August until the end of February 2007.

 The SBGS experts to be posted to the Office of EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus will analyse the current situation, as well as the capacities of other institutions for contributing to the stability at the Georgian–Russian border.

 Lithuanian border guard experts are sent on the mission in accordance with Lithuania’s international obligations for contributing to the security and stability in Europe and participating in the implementation of EU Security and Defence Policy.

 The Lithuanian SBGS has been rendering assistance to Georgia on developing a professional state border guard service and improving its structure. The assistance is provided to Georgian border guard service in its reform to change from a military structure into a body subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior.

 The Georgian officers are eager to take over the experience of the Lithuanian SBGS which ensures the protection of more than a thousand kilometres of the external EU frontier in the fields of organization of the service and staff training.

 Currently, the Lithuanian SBGS is sharing its experience with other countries, which aim at a European border guards’ model, including Moldova and Ukraine.

 This is ensured through drafting mutual agreements and participation in multinational projects, as well as providing assistance (such as experts and methodology) to the border guard services of these countries.


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