Anti-terrorism centre chief visit reinforces longstanding cooperation with INTERPOL
LYON, France – Reinforcing eight years of cooperation between the Anti-Terrorism Center of Commonwealth of Independent States (ATC-CIS) and INTERPOL was the focus of a visit by Andrey Novikov, Head of the ATC-CIS to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters.
For years Mr Novikov has ensured that INTERPOL could attend ATC-CIS exercises simulating various potential terrorist and hostage situations to ensure that INTERPOL and the ATC-CIS could exchange best practices. During today's meeting with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, Mr Novikov endorsed INTERPOL's continued participation in these simulations.
During the visit Mr Novikov also met with INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin and Pierre St Hilaire, Director of INTERPOL’s Counter-Terrorism, Public Safety and Maritime Security unit to discuss issues relating to foreign fighters.
In additon, Mr Novikov and Secretary General Noble reconfirmed their commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by INTERPOL and the ATC-CIS in 2008 which has already led to significant information sharing, particularly through INTERPOL’s Project Kalkan targeting terrorism-related threats in Central and South Asia.
Through this project, INTERPOL supported the Center’s investigation into the 2011 terrorist attack at the Domodedovo Airport in Moscow which killed some 37 people.
“As both head of the Anti-Terrorism Centre of Commonwealth of Independent States and previously as the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Novikov has repeatedly shown his commitment and dedication to international police cooperation via INTERPOL,” said Secretary General Noble.
“In addition to their long standing support of Project Kalkan, under Mr Novikov’s leadership the Center has consistently proven to be a strong partner in combating terrorism throughout Central Asia and beyond, and I look forward to our continued close cooperation in the future,” added the INTERPOL Chief, pointing to the creation of a joint INTERPOL-CIS Anti-Terrorism Center working group to address ways for increased information sharing on issues related to cyberterrorism.
Mr Novikov, who was accompanied by ATC-CIS Director of Cabinet Andrey Pashkevich, was updated on INTERPOL’s global law enforcement tools and services and the Organization’s latest crime-fighting initiatives, including the Turn Back Crime campaign which seeks to encourage greater public involvement in preventing crime.