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03 January 2013 - Media release

Enhancing police cooperation focus of first ever visit to Myanmar by INTERPOL Secretary General

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – In the first ever official mission to Myanmar by an INTERPOL Secretary General, head of the world police body Ronald K. Noble has met with senior police and government officials to identify areas for enhanced law enforcement cooperation.

During his two-day mission (2 and 3 January), Mr Noble met with Minister of Home Affairs, Lieutenant General Ko Ko and Major General Kyaw Kyaw Tun, Chief of Police and Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Nay Pyi Taw which provides the essential link between Myanmar and INTERPOL’s global network of 190 member countries.

Minister Ko Ko and Secretary General Noble agreed that INTERPOL and Myanmar could enhance police cooperation in the areas of police training and capacity building, and in connecting Myanmar's airports and major border crossing points to INTERPOL's state-of-the-art passport screening system called MIND/FIND.

Secretary General Noble agreed to deploy a team of INTERPOL experts to Myanmar within the next four weeks to conduct a needs assessment of the ways in which INTERPOL and its member countries can assist Myanmar's police force to enhance border security, improve capacity building and training, and be apprised of the latest developments in biometrics to enhance security protection against international criminals.

“INTERPOL works to support its member countries and our assistance is more effective when our global tools are in the hands of frontline police. We will continue to work with Myanmar in identifying ways to ensure that our international expertise benefits both national law enforcement and the citizens they serve,” said the INTERPOL Chief.

“Asia is home to more than half of the world’s population providing significant opportunities for individuals and businesses, this is why cooperation via INTERPOL is essential for law enforcement to successfully target these criminals, as shown by Myanmar’s support in a range of operations," added Secretary General Noble.

Secretary General Noble also highlighted the important role played by Myanmar in a range of international operations coordinated by INTERPOL, such as Operations Storm I and II to combat counterfeit drugs which resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of fake and illegal medicines, and Prey II which targeted the illegal trade in wildlife and animal products and led to the seizure of 40 live tigers and tiger parts.

During his mission, Secretary General Noble visited the National Central Bureau in Nay Pyi Taw where he met with staff and was updated on recent activities.