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EXBS Donation Ceremony for Macedonian Border Police and Customs

Ambassador Reeker Joins EXBS Donation Ceremony for Macedonian Border Police and Customs

May 4, 2010

In a ceremony on Wednesday, May 5, U.S. Ambassador Philip Reeker will join the Macedonian Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, Assistant Director of Border Affairs and Migrations Marinko Kochovski, Ministry of Finance Customs Sector Head Zoran Gligorov, and Deputy Director of Customs Administration Lulzim Xhemaili to present $146,000 worth of equipment for the Border Police and $63,000 for the Customs Administration. The equipment, which has been provided through the U.S. Embassy Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS), will assist Macedonia’s border contraband interdiction capabilities.  This donation is part of the U.S. Government support to the Republic of Macedonia that contributes to increased capacity in countering trafficking in weapons of mass destruction.  While the EXBS program focuses mainly on interdiction of WMD, the donated equipment is also used to detect all forms of illicit trafficking including narcotics, arms and human beings. 

Media are invited to attend the ceremony, which will start at 11:00 am on May 5, at Arka Hotel in Skopje.  For further information about the event, please contact Frosina Ivanovska, EXBS Program Assistant, tel. 310 2000, extension 2337.

Background: Since the office was opened in 2004, U.S. Embassy- Skopje EXBS Program has conducted over 50 trainings for Macedonian institutions including the Ministries of Interior, Finance, Economy, Defense and Foreign Affairs.  It has also donated equipment valued over $ 2,000,000 mainly to Ministry of Interior-Border Police and Ministry of Finance-Customs Administration in an effort to secure Macedonia’s borders and prevent the illegal movement of goods an people.