| Armenia made progress in improving border security – State Department
August 2, 2012
New report issued by the State Department says Armenia made progress in improving border security.
Country Reports on Terrorism 2011 points at Armenian government’s cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other partners to establish and outline responsibilities for 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.
The report mentions progress in the area of border security, for instance addition of sensors designed to detect the movement of people and vehicles on the Georgian border.
It is outlined that Armenia is a member of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, a Financial Action Task Force-style regional body.
“Armenia is not a regional financial center, and no cases of terrorist financing have been discovered.
Armenia participated in several bilateral and multilateral assistance, security, and training organizations and initiatives targeted at strengthening its ability to counter terrorist financing and the smuggling of illicit and hazardous materials,” the report says.