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2013 Embassy News

US Embassy Podgorica supports regional cooperation in radiation response


Working to enhance nuclear safety in the region, the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) organized a best practices visit for the delegation of the Montenegrin Center for Eco-Toxicological Research (CETI), led by the Director Ms. Nada Medenica, on November 6-7, to Tirana, Albania. CETI delegation visited the Institute for Applied Nuclear Physics (IANP) where they met with the IANP Director, Mr. Nikolla Civici, and his associates. In addition, Montenegrin delegation met with Mr. Julian Beqiri, the Director of the Albanian Agency of Environment and Forestry.

IANP and CETI representatives discussed issues of joint participation in professional and scientific international projects, radioactive waste management including storage and disposal issues. CETI delegation had an opportunity to see IANP’s laboratories and equipment during a presentation and a tour of the facility. It was agreed to continue the existing cooperation and launch new initiatives during the upcoming period. Both sides extended their appreciation to the EXBS program of the US Embassy Podgorica. They concluded that this visit will help strengthen the ties between the two institutions and countries and thus contribute to strengthening the regional anti-proliferation efforts.

 The EXBS program is the United States Government's premier initiative to help other countries improve their export control systems. The EXBS program is a U.S. Government interagency program, managed by the Department of State's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, designed to help prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their missile delivery systems, conventional weapons, and related items by assisting foreign governments to establish and implement effective export control systems that meet international standards.