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    RUSSIA, TAJIKISTAN SIGN AGREEMENT TO COOPERATE ON BORDER ISSUES

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    DUSHANBE, October 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Tajikistan concluded an agreement on border cooperation.

    Partnership of the two countries' relevant bodies will have the following practical forms: assistance to the Republic of Tajikistan in guarding its border; and assistance in the development and performance of its border guard structures. The latter includes supplies of arms, military technologies, and equipment.

    Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, will establish a border operation group to coordinate such partnership and assist Tajikistan in guarding its border.

    Tajikistan is to grant the group the right, expressed in due instruments, of free use of moveable property in the host country's possession.

    Soldiers on the border operation group personnel are not to be assigned missions not envisaged by the group statute. Such soldiers can take part in emergency and calamity relief efforts on the group command's resolution.

    The soldiers and their families are guaranteed safety and legal and social protection in compliance with international legal norms and the Parties' national legislation. The personnel enjoy immunity to arrest, criminal liability, and detention, unless caught red-handed. This immunity to Tajik jurisdiction does not exempt soldiers from Russian jurisdiction.

    Border operation group soldiers may wear their military uniforms, and possess and use arms and special devices in compliance with relevant Russian bylaws unless these clash with the acting Tajik legislation.

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