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25 August 2005 - Media release

Media invitation for 74th INTERPOL General Assembly in Germany

(updated on 12 September 2005)

LYON, France – Senior law enforcement officials and security experts from around the world will meet in Berlin, Germany, for the 74th INTERPOL General Assembly from 19-22 September, 2005.

In addition to focusing on National Central Bureaus and their role in combating international crime, including terrorism, drugs, human trafficking and financial crime, member countries will also be updated on the expansion and successes of INTERPOL’s databases, such as those on DNA, stolen travel documents and internet child abuse.

The opening ceremony and speeches by INTERPOL President Jackie Selebi, Germany’s Minister of the Interior Otto Schily and the President of the BKA, Jörg Ziercke will take place at 10.30 a.m. on Monday 19 September and will be open to the media. This will be followed at 12 p.m. by a press conference with Mr Selebi, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Mr Ziercke at which simultaneous translation into the organization’s four official languages, Arabic, English, French and Spanish, as well as German, will be available.

Although the main conference proceedings are closed to the media, there will be a media briefing on the increased co-operation between INTERPOL and the United Nations with INTERPOL’s Special Representative to the UN in New York, Dr Ulrich Kersten. This will take place on Wednesday 21 September. Interviews with police officials and international delegates may also be arranged upon request.

A final press conference will be held on the closing day, Thursday 22 September at 11.30 a.m. with Interior Minister Otto Schily, the INTERPOL President and Secretary General and the BKA President.

The General Assembly will take place at the Berlin Intercontinental Hotel, Budapester Strasse 2, Berlin 10787.

Journalists wishing to cover this event should apply immediately for accreditation to the Bundeskriminalamt press office, email – or fax 00 49 611 551 2323 and should provide the following details by Friday 16 September;

  • The family name and forenames of the journalists attending
  • The name and type of their media organisation
  • Nationality, date and place of birth
  • Passport/ID card number
  • Press card number

All accredited media representatives will also be expected to present their press credentials and national identification documents at the media registration desk upon arrival.