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12 June 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL Secretary General visits Mongolia, world's fastest growing economy

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – In his first official visit to Mongolia as INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble met with senior government and police officials to examine crime threats facing the country and identify prospects for enhancing Mongolia’s use of INTERPOL’s global tools and services to combat them.

Meeting with Minister of Justice, Temuujin Khishigdemberel, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice Mrs Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash and Chief Commissioner of the National Police Agency, Brigadier General Bilegt Bayanmunkh, Mr Noble discussed key issues challenging Mongolia’s police agencies, including organized crime, protecting cultural heritage and human trafficking.

“INTERPOL’s role in providing support to the criminal justice reform in Mongolia is critical not only to the investigation of highly sensitive organized crimes, but also to the capacity building of our law enforcement agencies in preventing and combating emerging transnational crimes such as human trafficking, drug smuggling, money laundering and crimes against our cultural heritage,” said Minister Temuujin.

Ongoing justice sector reforms are under way in Mongolia to enhance the country’s ability to fight new types of crimes, including a new law creating an Independent Investigation Authority which has been drafted and submitted to the Parliament. The reforms are expected to involve closer collaboration with INTERPOL in the areas of border security management, cybercrime and training for Mongolian officers.

“Mongolia is firmly committed to increasing its international law enforcement cooperation, and to expand its police organization and investigation agency’s close work and partnership with INTERPOL,” added Minister Temuujin.

“While a robust economy offers many benefits to the population, it unfortunately opens up new avenues for criminals as well, wishing to exploit the new wealth and opportunities. INTERPOL has committed to provide Mongolia with INTERPOL's Integrated Border Management for Mongolia to help keep the country and its people safe,” added INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“My meetings with the Minister of Justice, the State Secretary and the Commissioner General, in addition to the staff at the National Central Bureau have enabled me to see first-hand the policing challenges facing Mongolia and how INTEPROL can continue to provide its support,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Mr Noble’s mission to Mongolia makes it the 167th country he has visited since first being elected Secretary General of the world police body in 2000.