OSCE hands over CCTV equipment to National Guard of Kyrgyzstan Armed Forces

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OSCE hands over CCTV equipment to National Guard of Kyrgyzstan Armed Forces

AKIPRESS.COM – The OSCE Program Office in Bishkek handed over CCTV equipment to the National Guard of the Kyrgyzstan Armed Forces to enhance the security of the country’s strategic energy facilities, Tash-Kumyr and Kurpsai hydroelectric power stations, on 20 October in Bishkek.

The plants are part of the largest cascade of Naryn hydropower plants in Kyrgyzstan, reports the OSCE.

“The Program Office continuously supports the National Guard of Kyrgyzstan in its efforts to strengthen the security of strategic installations, which may become a possible target for criminals. In addition, we cooperate closely in the prevention and effective management of situations emergency,” noted Valeriu Chiveri, Deputy Head of the OSCE Program Office in Bishkek.

The Program Office and the Kyrgyz National Guard have carried out various activities over the past few years aimed at bolstering the country’s counter-terrorism efforts and protecting critical energy infrastructure. Two other large hydroelectric power stations, Shamaldysai and Uch-Korgon, located in the provinces of Batken and Jalal-Abad respectively, were equipped with surveillance cameras in 2013 and 2014. More recently, in July 2015, the Program Office of the OSCE and the National Guard signed a protocol on building counter-terrorism capabilities.

“Improving operational readiness and protection of critical energy facilities is one of the main goals of the country,” National Guard Commander Almazbek Karasartov said.

The transfer of equipment took place within the framework of the OSCE project “Strengthening national capacity to meet politico-military commitments and protect critical energy infrastructure”.

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