Argentine foreign minister’s visit to INTERPOL focuses on international police collaboration
LYON, France – Cooperation between Argentina and INTERPOL’s global law enforcement network against transnational organized crime topped the agenda during a meeting today between Foreign Affairs Minister Héctor Timerman and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
Discussions during the visit by Mr Timerman to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters covered regional and international security, including transnational organized crime issues such as drugs and human trafficking, economic and financial crimes, trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting, and terrorism.
The 1994 terrorist bombing of the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Association (AMIA) centre in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people and injured hundreds was also on the agenda, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2013 between Argentina and Iran on investigations related to the attack. A number of Iranian nationals remain subject to INTERPOL Red Notices in relation to the AMIA case.
The Argentinean Minister said that Argentina had fulfilled all the obligations contained in the Memorandum of Understanding and that the government of Argentina was now looking forward to continued cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran towards the resolution of the case.
Secretary General Noble reaffirmed the Organization´s position regarding the red notices in connection with the case. In a letter addressed to the Argentinean Minister dated 15 March 2013, INTERPOL´s General Counsel stated that the referred Memorandum of Understanding did not infer any change in the status of the mentioned red notices. In addition, Mr Noble took the opportunity to welcome the last cooperation developments between both countries in order to solve the AMIA case.
Mr Noble reiterated his commitment to facilitating any development of the case if requested, pointing to his previous missions to Iran and Argentina in order to assist both countries in the resolution of the case through shuttle diplomacy.
Regarding Iran, Mr Noble welcomed the positive cooperation between INTERPOL and the Islamic Republic in several areas, and expressed his confidence in the willingness and capabilities of the Iranian authorities to finalize the ongoing process in the best interest of both parties.
Talks also included INTERPOL’s travel document, which is intended to enable INTERPOL officials, chiefs of law enforcement agencies, heads of National Central Bureaus and staff to travel internationally on official INTERPOL business without requiring a visa when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments.
With the new site of INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau offices in Buenos Aires opened in October 2010 and creating an enhanced central point for police co-operation across South America and beyond, the Argentine minister’s visit included an update on INTERPOL’s global tools and services, as well as a review of regional and international operations.