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09 March 2012

INTERPOL training course focuses on implementation of sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban

ROME, Italy – Law enforcement officials from across Europe attended a training course designed to raise awareness of the important work INTERPOL is carrying out in support of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committees, with a focus on the INTERPOL-UNSC Special Notices.

The five-day training course (5-9 March) on Implementing the UNSC sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban held in Rome brought together more than 20 officers from 12 countries to learn the details of the system of the INTERPOL-UNSC Special Notices designed to alert law enforcement to individuals and entities that are subject to the UNSC sanctions measures regimes against Al-Qaida and the Taliban, namely an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.

Participants gained a sound knowledge of the UN and INTERPOL tools available to aid in the fight against terrorism, as well as the various forms of cooperation between the two organizations.

The seminar targeted experts from counter-terrorism and financial investigation units, border control and immigration authorities and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus. Topics covered included how to effectively use INTERPOL-UNSC Special Notices; the role of the UN, particularly the Security Council sanctions committees, in fighting terrorism; and the interaction between
INTERPOL and the Security Council sanctions committees. The training also enabled the participants to identify the actors and processes of the implementation of the sanctions regimes at their own national and regional levels.

Countries that participated in the seminar were Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Italy, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Vatican City State.