TBILISI, Georgia, March 27 (UPI) -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday graduated a class of officers from Georgia after the completion of a border-security course.
The OSCE's Transitional Institutional Support Program in Georgia graduated 25 students who are now trained as border police, patrol police and revenue-service officers as part of an initiative to strengthen security in Georgia, the OSCE reported.
The training focused on combating terrorism and countering transnational criminal organizations in Georgia. Officials said the 11-month program also involved workshops on strengthening border security at Georgia's border-crossing points and encouraging cooperation with neighboring countries.
The OSCE training comes at a time when the mission's mandate in Georgia remains without a consensus for a long-term presence in the country following the country's violent conflict with Russia over its Abkhazia and South Ossetia separatist regions. The OSCE monitoring operation in Georgia expires at the end of June.