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11 February 2014

President of Guinea discusses security needs with INTERPOL Chief

CONAKRY, Guinea – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has met with Guinean President Alpha Conde as part of efforts to strengthen national and regional law enforcement cooperation via the world police body against transnational crime threats.

The meeting with President Conde is part of the INTERPOL Chief’s five-day mission to Western Africa to identify first-hand the law enforcement needs of member countries.

In its more than 50-year membership of the world police body, Guinea has participated in a number of key regional projects targeting drug trafficking and environmental crime, including two INTERPOL-coordinated operations, Wendi and Worthy, targeting the targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory.

During his mission to Guinea, his first to the country, Secretary General Noble also met with the Minister of Security Madifing Diane, the Director General of Guinean police Mohamed Ghare, and staff at the INTERPOL  National Central Bureau in Conakry.

“My meetings with President Conde and other senior government and law enforcement officials have provided me with a greater insight into the work of the National Central Bureau and the specialist policing units which are dedicated to combating all forms of national and transnational crime,” said Mr Noble.

“Through its recognition of INTERPOL’s Travel Document Guinea has clearly shown its commitment to global law enforcement cooperation,” said Secretary General Noble who also highlighted Guinea’s secondment of two officers to the General Secretariat as an important decision.

“INTERPOL’s work is to support its member countries and we are more effective in this when this support is reciprocated, particularly through the secondment of officers,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Secretary General Noble began his regional tour of Western Africa in Togo on Monday, and in addition to Guinea, will also visit Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia.