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11 April 2012

Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, one of INTERPOL's newest member countries, welcomes Secretary General

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – In his first mission to Sint Maarten, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has met with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams to discuss security matters, as well as with the President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell and Minister of Justice Roland Duncan. In addition, Mr. Noble had a meeting with the Governor of Sint Maarten Eugene Holiday.

Mr Noble's mission to Sint Maarten enabled him to support INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Philipsburg by discussing their equipment and training needs.

Welcoming Sint Maarten’s membership of INTERPOL, Mr Noble said that the country had much to contribute to the global policing community.

“Today, I had the privilege of seeing firsthand how this young country's leadership is committed to Sint Maarten's police receiving the necessary support, training and resources to confront existing and emerging crime threats worldwide," said Secretary General Noble.

“Sint Maarten is a holiday destination for thousands of people coming from all over the world every year, and we will continue to work closely with the national police to ensure that it remains safe for both citizens and visitors alike,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Sint Maarten’s membership of INTERPOL means it has access to I-24/7, the world police body’s secure global communications system, key operational police support services, the network of National Central Bureaus across INTERPOL’s other 189 member countries and range of global databases, including for Stolen and Lost Travel Documents and internationally-wanted persons.

Sint Maarten was admitted as an INTERPOL member country during the world police body’s 80th General Assembly held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in October 2011.