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19 September 2011 - Media release

INTERPOL Chief's visit to Georgia underlines Eurasia's strategic role in global law enforcement collaboration

TBILISI, Georgia – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has met with Georgia's Minister of Internal Affairs, Ivane Merabishvili, to discuss priority areas for enhanced collaboration in national, regional and global security.

A key topic during Secretary General Noble's visit to Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs on Monday was how INTERPOL can work more closely with the Ministry via its National Central Bureau (NCB) in Tbilisi to further enhance international law enforcement cooperation with Georgia against transnational crime -- including by expanding access to INTERPOL global tools and services beyond its NCB to police on the frontlines.

"Cooperation in the framework of INTERPOL, the global international police organization, is one of the priority areas of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. INTERPOL's unique tools and services are effectively used by Georgian law enforcement organizations in their daily activities. Secretary General Noble's visit to Georgia is therefore an important opportunity to identify areas where we can collaborate even more closely for the benefit of both our citizens and police worldwide,” said Minister of Internal Affairs Ivane Merabishvili.

Secretary General Noble said Georgia's 'strategic importance' in sitting at the crossroads where Europe meets Asia meant that Georgia played a key role in regional and international security.

In this respect, Secretary General Noble said Georgia's active involvement in INTERPOL's Project Millennium, an on-going initiative involving 42 countries targeting transnational Eurasian organized crime by sharing and contributing intelligence to INTERPOL's project database, demonstrated Georgia's commitment to international law enforcement cooperation.

"International law enforcement collaboration between INTERPOL and Georgia is crucial for the region and beyond. Transnational organized crime originating from the region and affecting countries such as Georgia has an impact which extends far beyond the Eurasian region," said the head of INTERPOL.

"A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence and maximizing the use of INTERPOL's global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens not just in Georgia but also in the region and worldwide," added Secretary General Noble.

Also topping the agenda during high-level meetings was the role of the INTERPOL Travel Document in facilitating the travel of its officers and other international experts working on behalf of the Organization, thus rendering INTERPOL’s assistance to its member countries quicker and more efficient.