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23 May 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL commended for counterterrorism efforts in Asia

LYON, France - The Executive Director of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Ambassador Cinar Aldemir, applauded INTERPOL for its efforts to improve security in the region during his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.

Ambassador Aldemir met with senior INTERPOL officials to discuss issues of particular importance to countries in the Asian region, including terrorism and the increased use of INTERPOL’s global tools and services.

Part of INTERPOL’s anti-terrorism Fusion Task Force, Project Kalkan focuses on counterterrorism efforts in Central and South Asia. The 19 participating member countries hold regular working group meetings to exchange critical information on terrorist activity in the region and also issue terrorism-related Red Notices and diffusions.

Since 2004, more than 870 international terrorists have been arrested, with INTERPOL assisting in locating nearly 120 suspected terrorists in 2012. So far this year, an additional 55 terrorist suspects have been located.

Accompanied by CICA Deputy Executive Director Kanat Tumysh, Ambassador Aldemir presented commemorative medals to INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Okan Aysu, Fusion Task Force Coordinator in charge of Project Kalkan, in recognition of INTERPOL’s role in supporting security in Asia.

“After becoming acquainted with INTERPOL’s state-of-the-art databases and its outstanding results through Project Kalkan, I am convinced that INTERPOL, under the leadership of Mr Noble, is well-equipped to meet the challenges posed by today’s international criminals,” said Ambassador Aldemir.
“CICA applauds INTERPOL for its modern and innovative approach to combating terrorism and other emerging crime threats, and its continued efforts to ensure peace and security on the Asian continent and all around the world. I hope we will see a great deal of future collaboration between CICA and INTERPOL in retaining peace and security in the region, at both the operational and strategic levels,” he concluded.

Founded in 1992, CICA is a multinational forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia, with 24 member countries and 12 observer countries and organizations.

“Reducing crime and enhancing security in the Asian region is crucial to creating a safer world for citizens on a global level. INTERPOL therefore commends CICA for its ongoing commitment to promoting peace and security throughout Asia, and by extension the entire world,” said Secretary General Noble.

CICA’s Final Joint Action Plan, approved in 2011, encourages its members to use INTERPOL’s tools and services, in particular its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, to more effectively promote security in the region. The SLTD currently contains 36 million records from 166 countries.