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Gendarmerie Forces benefit from Jordanian-European twinning project

By Rana Husseini - Nov 14,2012 - Last updated at Nov 14,2012

AMMAN — Director General of the Gendarmerie Department Lt. Gen. Tawfiq Tawalbeh on Wednesday praised a Jordanian-European twinning project that aimed at building the capacity of the Gendarmerie Forces.

Tawalbeh made the remarks during the closing ceremony of the two-year “Strengthening the Jordanian Gendarmerie” project, in which the French National Gendarmerie was the main partner. Other partners included Spain, Romania and Lithuania.

“This project has contributed in the department’s organisational restructuring and human resources management,” Tawalbeh told the gathering, which included EU Ambassador Joanna Wronecka and French Ambassador to Jordan Corinne Breuzé.

In her address at the ceremony, Wronecka praised Jordan’s efforts in maintaining peace, security and stability, “which is a necessity for Europe and the world”.

“This twinning project has been a good opportunity for a European, in this case French, and Jordanian Gendarmerie to exchange know-how and expertise, and build their capacities,” she said.

Wronecka noted that “a well trained Gendarmerie will ensure the rule of law through transparency of operations and civil oversight. It will also guarantee the protection of basic rights — first and foremost that of freedom of expression”.

“A balance must be maintained between ensuring the security of the society on the one hand, and human rights and fundamental freedoms on the other, in Europe as well as in Jordan,” she added.

Breuzé noted that when the French Gendarmerie was selected to conduct this twinning project in September 2010, “we understood it was going to entail the continuation of a long cooperation in internal security that was initiated in 1995 with France”.

She added that the objective of the initiative was to maintain Jordan’s stability by helping the emergence of a force that is up to European standards, in conformity with the law and respects human rights.

Established in 2009 under His Majesty King Abdullah’s directives, the Gendarmerie Department works to provide security as an independent entity.

Its mission includes the enforcement of law and order, the assertion of the rule of law, and the provision of logistical and technical assistance as well as manpower to the Public Security Department and Civil Defence Department.

In addition to carrying out security duties in the Kingdom, the Gendarmerie Forces take part in UN peacekeeping missions in several countries.

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