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12 May 2011 - Media release

INTERPOL Secretary General makes official visit to Minsk

Co-operation with Belarus against terrorism high on agenda

MINSK, Belarus - INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble today arrived in Belarus on a two-day working visit. The main objective of the visit by INTERPOL’s top official is to discuss the deadly terrorist attack on a Minsk subway on 11 April this year and to determine how INTERPOL can provide law enforcement officials of Belarus with further assistance in the investigation. The attack left at least a dozen victims dead and injured hundreds.

To highlight the importance of the purpose of his visit, Secretary General Noble interrupted his participation at INTERPOL's European Regional Conference currently under way in Malta (11-13 May).

During his visit to Minsk the Secretary General will meet with high-level officials of the Belarussian Ministry of the Interior to discuss how INTERPOL can work more closely with the Ministry via its INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Minsk to combat terrorism and organized crime and to further enhance international law enforcement co-operation with Belarus.

The law enforcement agencies of Belarus requested INTERPOL’s assistance in bomb attack investigations following bombings in Vitebsk in 2005 and in Minsk, both this year and in 2008. Assistance was immediately rendered on each occasion by the world police body’s global network.

Secretary General Noble has emphasized on many occasions that all countries of the world have become ever more mutually inter-dependent and that the main duty of INTERPOL is to enhance police co-operation between nations to keep all citizens safe.

“INTERPOL is particularly interested in reinforcing its longstanding co-operation with Belarus in combating terrorism and in enhancing the exchange of crime-related information so as to keep citizens safe. This may one day help us save lives in countries in this region and elsewhere,” said Secretary General Noble.

“While countries may not agree with each other on different political questions from time to time, their need to work together to fight serious crime including terrorism is essential to the security of nations and the world,” added the Head of INTERPOL.

Secretary General Noble's official visit will conclude on 14 May.