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12 October 2007 - Media release

Media invitation for INTERPOL’s 76th General Assembly in Morocco

LYON, France – The response to global police challenges will be the focus of INTERPOL’s 76th General Assembly, to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco from 5-8 November 2007.

Senior law enforcement officials and experts from around the world will discuss a range of issues facing police worldwide, including terrorism and trafficking in human beings. Requesting public assistance in identifying and locating child sex offenders is also a key topic, following INTERPOL’s recent appeal for assistance with Operation Vico.

Delegates will also be updated on INTERPOL’s co-operation with other international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Commission on Missing Persons.

The opening ceremony and speeches by INTERPOL President Jackie Selebi and senior Moroccan officials will take place at 10.30am on Monday, 5 November and are open to the media.

This will be immediately followed by a press conference with Mr Selebi, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and senior Moroccan officials, at which simultaneous translation into the organization’s four official languages, Arabic, English, French and Spanish, will be available.

Although the main conference proceedings are closed to the media, there will be press briefings on a range of subjects on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-7 November. Interviews with police officials and international delegates may also be arranged upon request.

The General Assembly will take place at the Espace Mansour Eddahbi - Palais des Congrès, Boulevard Mohamed VI, 40 000 Marrakesh.

Journalists wishing to cover this event should apply for accreditation no later than Friday, 26 October. Applications can be made via the following website;

Journalists without accreditation will not be granted access, and all media representatives will be expected to present their press credentials and national identification documents at the media registration desk upon arrival.