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24 January 2011 - Media release

Cameroon officially recognizes INTERPOL Travel Document

Agreement hailed by INTERPOL chief as boost to national and global security

LYON, France - Cameroon has officially recognized both formats of the INTERPOL Travel Document with the formal signing of an agreement at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon today.

The agreement, signed by Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, Mr Adoum Gargoum and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble means that INTERPOL e-Passport booklet and e-Identification Card bearers travelling on official business can enter Cameroon without a visa.

Enabling INTERPOL officials from any of the organization’s 188 member countries to enter Cameroon without having to undergo time consuming processing procedures means that any requests for assistance or support can be immediately responded to by the world’s largest police organization.

“Cameroon is proud to officially recognize the INTERPOL Travel Document, which is also recognition of the wider support that INTERPOL and the global law enforcement community offers to one another,” said Minister Gargoum.

Secretary General Noble said that today’s agreement, which followed his meeting with Cameroon President Paul Biya on the sidelines of the Central African Police Chiefs Co-operation Organization held in Yaoundé, demonstrated the commitment of President Biya and his government in assuring the safety and security of their citizens.

“It is particularly appropriate that Cameroon, as the host of INTERPOL’s newest Regional Bureau, has made this significant decision, further underlining the benefits and achievements which can be made through such close collaboration,” said Mr Noble.

“Cameroon’s formal recognition of both formats of the INTERPOL Travel Document is an important step forward in its acceptance worldwide, which will significantly boost INTERPOL’s ability to assist each of its 188 member countries when called upon to do so,” said the INTERPOL Chief.

The INTERPOL General Assembly in Doha, Qatar in November 2010 saw the official adoption of the INTERPOL Travel Document initiative to enable the Organization to provide faster on-site support to member countries requesting assistance, with countries granting special visa status to staff travelling on official business.