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Press Releases 2010

U.S. Embassy Donates Personal Radiation Detection Devices to Enhance Georgian Security

August 23, 2010

On August 24, 10:00 A.M., at the headquarters of the Tbilisi City Hall Emergency Situations Service, the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program of the U.S. Embassy will donate personal radiation detection devices, worth more than 382,000 GEL, to the government of Georgia.

The Embassy will donate 21 of the devices, commonly known as "pagers," to the Emergency Situations Service within the Tbilisi Mayor's office. 71 more "pagers" are being given to the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of Interior of Georgia. Training on use of
the new equipment will be provided by the Nuclear Radiation Safety Service of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The personal radiation detection devices are meant to protect government officials and the public, to increase Georgia's security and to support Georgia in the international effort to control radioactive materials. Mr. Charles G. Hiscock, Export Control and Related Border Security Advisor, will attend the ceremony.

The EXBS program started operations in Georgia in 2006. It has invested more than 6 million dollars in equipment, training, and advisory support primarily focused on controlling the illicit transnational movement of weapons of mass destruction, their components and delivery systems. In addition to enhanced border enforcement, EXBS works with Georgian colleagues to modify Georgian export control legislation and licensing processes to meet internationally accepted standards.