Armenia has improved border security as part of its ongoing cooperation with the United States in the fight against international terrorism, according to the U.S. State Department.
“Armenia made progress in improving border security,” the department said in its annual report on counter-terrorism measures that were taken around the world last year.
It cited the installation of new anti-smuggling equipment at the Armenian border checkpoints, which was mostly financed by the U.S. government. That included radiation portal alarms installed at all points of entry into the country and Yerevan’s Zvartnots international airport in particular.
“Furthermore, the [U.S.] Defense Threat Reduction Agency reached an agreement to provide support in the form of equipment and infrastructure upgrades along the Georgian border, including border post towers and relay stations, to improve Armenia Border Guard Service communications,” reads the report. It also notes in this regard the Armenian government’s plans to bring all border crossings with Georgia into conformity with European Union standards within the next three years.
In a related development, the U.S. and EU have sponsored this year Armenian-Georgian training exercises aimed at improving the two South Caucasus states’ capacity to prevent illegal trafficking of weapons of mass destruction through their territories.
The State Department also praised the authorities in Yerevan for improving export control laws and procedures and working closely with NATO to set up a 24-hour “situation center” within the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations. “The Situation Center is intended to assure effective interagency coordination in crisis management, including in response to terrorist attacks,” it explained.
The department further said that no cases of terrorism financing have been discovered in Armenia.