A high-level delegation from Kyrgyzstan's military and security organs -- the Defense Ministry, the National Guard, the Border Service, and the Ministry of Environment and Emergencies -- has completed talks at the Florida headquarters of U.S. Central Command on closer cooperation between the Kyrgyz and U.S. militaries in combating "new threats," the official Kyrgyz daily "Vechernii Bishkek" reported on 17 June. The press service of the Kyrgyz National Guard was quoted as reporting that plans for cooperation have been drawn up covering the next five years. Plans for the immediate future include an exchange of visits -- Kyrgyz National Guardsmen will visit the Montana National Guard and officers of U.S. Central Command will visit Kyrgyzstan -- and educational and financial support for a newly established training school for sergeants. Priority also is to be given to training Kyrgyz rapid-reaction forces and peacekeeping units.
The Times of Central Asia, June 20, 2003