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26 March 2007

Cameroon and INTERPOL sign agreement to establish a Sub-Regional Bureau in Yaoundé

Cameroon’s Undersecretary to the Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adoum Gargoum, and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble signed an accord, 26 March, establishing an INTERPOL Sub-Regional Bureau (SRB) for Central Africa in Yaoundé.

Minister Gargoum and his delegation, which included the head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Yaoundé, Chief Superintendent Marie-Thérèse Ngo Ndombol, were briefed on related legal, budget, security and logistical issues during their visit to INTERPOL´s General Secretariat in Lyon, France.

The delegation also heard presentations on INTERPOL’s operational services, including the Command and Co-ordination Centre, which provides urgent support to police around the clock; the I-24/7 global police communications system; and MIND/FIND technical solutions that enable officers in the field to access INTERPOL databases.

The SRB in Yaoundé will be INTERPOL’s fourth in Africa – joining Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Harare, Zimbabwe, and Nairobi, Kenya – and sixth in the world. There are also SRBs for the Americas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and San Salvador, El Salvador; and liaison offices in Bangkok, Thailand, and at the United Nations in New York.