France interested in military cooperation with Belarus, ambassador says


France is interested in military cooperation with Belarus, Ambassador Mireille Musso told reporters in Minsk on July 9.

The two countries have already established “some relations" in this sphere, Ms. Musso said. "We have no intention to interrupt them," she said. "On the contrary, we'd like them to develop. We'll step up our cooperation with the State Border Committee of Belarus. We have many common interests in the field of migration policy and the prevention of terrorism and trafficking in human beings and narcotic drugs."

France plans to provide training opportunities for Belarusian military personnel and border control officers, Ms. Musso said. Owing to the global economic crisis, France does not have enough funds for the proper development of military-technical cooperation, she said.
The French embassy and the Belarusian defense ministry efficiently carry out joint historic and cultural projects, Ms. Musso said. The ministry has formed a group that helps find and rebury the remains of soldiers of the Napoleonic Army, she said.

The chairman of one of France's largest Napoleon foundations plans to visit Belarus in November, when the next anniversary of the 1812 Berezina Battle will be commemorated, with a view to studying the possibility of establishing a cultural center in the country, Ms. Musso said. //BelaPAN