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08 November 2007 - Media release

INTERPOL General Assembly adopts new measures to enhance effective global policing

MARRAKESH – Delegates at INTERPOL’s General Assembly have approved a series of measures aimed at furthering co-operation between law enforcement in member countries to help combat transnational crime and terrorism.

Police chiefs from around the world supported a number of recommendations at the four-day conference in Marrakesh, including the use of public appeals for assistance in child sex abuse investigations under extraordinary and exceptional circumstances.

Delegates also endorsed a resolution for each INTERPOL National Central Bureau to create an International Fugitive Investigations Contact Point to deal with search requests from other member countries and promote international co-operation in locating and apprehending fugitives, including those wanted for genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

'Finding and arresting wanted criminals is the bread and butter of police work around the world, which is why it is so important that our National Central Bureaus create a dedicated network of specialists to work together on fugitive investigations,' said INTERPOL President Jackie Selebi.

The General Assembly also approved the creation of a new Sub-Regional Bureau (SRB) in Yaoundé, Cameroon to serve the central African region. This makes a total of six SRBs – Yaoundé, Abidjan, Harare, Nairobi, Buenos Aires and San Salvador - with liaison offices in Bangkok and at the United Nations in New York.

Delegates endorsed the creation of a Vulnerable Targets Referral Centre at the INTERPOL General Secretariat to facilitate the exchange of technical assistance and best practice for the protection of potential targets for terrorist or other criminal attack. The resolution follows the United Nations General Assembly’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (September 2006) which invited INTERPOL to work with the UN on this issue.

A co-operation agreement with the International Commission on Missing Persons was also approved unanimously, which will enable the organizations to exchange experience, expertise and information.

'INTERPOL, as the world’s largest police organization with its network of National Central Bureaus in 186 member countries clearly plays a pivotal role, not only for law enforcement but for all organizations responsible for ensuring the safety and security of citizens around the world,' said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

'INTERPOL is entering a new phase in its evolution, becoming even more responsive and adaptable to our member countries’ needs. This General Assembly has laid the groundwork for the INTERPOL of the future, ensuring that we create and provide the tools that police need to do their job, no matter where they are in the world.'