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27 February 2013 - Media release

Fiji a leader in global police cooperation, says INTERPOL Chief

Mission to Suva concludes tour of South Pacific region by head of world police body

SUVA, Fiji – With Fiji the most active INTERPOL member country in the South Pacific region, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the country set an example for effectively combating transnational crime.

During his first-ever mission to Fiji, Secretary General Noble met with Minister of Defence Joketani Cokanasiga and Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, in addition to visiting the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Suva which provides the crucial link in ensuring the national police can access INTERPOL’s global tools.

The head of the world police body pointed to Fiji’s arrest of a French national wanted for child sex offences as part of INTERPOL’s Operation INFRA-SEA (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – South East Asia) in 2012.

Fiji’s swift response in dealing with a drug alert issued by INTERPOL in April 2012 in relation to methamphetamines trafficking from Africa to the South Pacific was also commended by Mr Noble.

“Fiji clearly recognizes the added value of being an INTERPOL member and the country, its citizens and visitors are reaping the benefits of the country’s active involvement in global police cooperation,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Not only does Fiji provide fast and efficient support to the INTERPOL global network, but its law enforcement authorities have also shown their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in assisting other South Pacific countries, even when they are not a member of INTERPOL,” said Mr Noble, highlighting a recent case where assistance was provided to Vanuatu.

The INTERPOL Chief also said as the only South Pacific country to have a seconded officer at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, working side by side with police officers from around the world, Fiji had further strengthened its position among the global law enforcement community.

Mr Noble’s visit concludes his mission to the South Pacific region to reinforce international police cooperation against transnational crime, build capacity and extend the use of INTERPOL’s global law enforcement tools, services and operational support infrastructure to frontline officers.

During his six-day mission the Secretary General met with senior policing and government officials across three countries – Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Fiji - bringing the total number of  INTERPOL member countries visited by the INTERPOL Chief to 163 since he was first elected to the post in 2000.