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16 December 2011

Implementing sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban focus of INTERPOL training course

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Law enforcement officials from Central and South America learned valuable information and skills to boost the fight against terrorism during a recent training seminar on enhancing the status of the INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notices.

The two-week training course (28 November-9 December) on Implementing the UNSC sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban hosted by the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Buenos Aires brought together more than 20 police officers from nine countries to learn the intricacies of the system of notices designed to alert law enforcement to individuals and entities that are subject to sanctions measures – namely and assets freeze, travel ban or arms embargo – imposed by the United Nations Security Council against Al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Participants gained a sound knowledge of the UN and INTERPOL tools available to aid in the fight against terrorism at the national and international levels.

The seminar targeted experts in fields related to the implementation of sanctions who were able to return to their countries as instructors to impart the skills learned to local law enforcement agencies, as well as frontline police officers who received practical training delivered by experts on the sanctions regime, the INTERPOL-UN Special Notices process and the legal aspects of implementing the sanctions at the national and international levels.

The countries participating in the seminar included Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.