NEW YORK — U.S., Britain and Germany approved new fencing, gates and road markings on the western border Wednesday as a result of a week-long standoff between U.N. peacekeepers and separatist fighters in the mountainous region of Dagestan.
U.N.-sponsored peacekeepers from the U.K.-led International Organization for Migration were in the eastern part of the Dagestani province to train and support security forces battling insurgents, a U.n. spokeswoman said.
The announcement was the latest in a series of steps to try to halt the insurgency by the separatists, whose ranks have mushroomed since the U,S.
and Britain withdrew troops from the area last month.
The U.s. and U.k. were the only countries to support the deployment of the UAHM force, which has trained and backed government troops.
The operation is aimed at preventing the insurgents from moving forward with their operations, including establishing checkpoints and other border posts.
It comes as the UNA President’s office said that the government in Dagestany has already approved a bill that would grant the military command in the capital, Dushanbe, full authority over the security operations.
The bill, called the Dagustan Declaration, calls for the establishment of a military command center in Dushans capital city, Dusha, to oversee security operations and the security of government installations, according to a government official.
The United States has not signed the document but has not ruled out military support for the operation, which will involve tens of thousands of troops.