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14 June 2013 - Media release

Expanding INTERPOL services to Turkmenistan focus of INTERPOL Chief's visit

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – Identifying areas for expansion of INTERPOL services and increased capacity building were the focus of the first official visit by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to Turkmenistan, one of the world police body’s newest member countries.

During his mission, the INTERPOL Chief met with Turkmenistan’s Minister of Internal Affairs Major-General Isgender Mulikov and visited the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Ashgabat which provides the crucial link for police in Turkmenistan to access INTERPOL’s global tools to combat transnational crime.

Minister Mulikov stated that he wished to extend INTERPOL's stolen and lost document screening tools to their border crossing points and that he would look to INTERPOL to assist with training and capacity building to fight human trafficking and cybercrime.

“INTERPOL and Turkmenistan should combine efforts to fight human trafficking, and INTERPOL's tools and services should be integrated at our airport and other border crossing points in the country,” emphasized Minister Mulikov.

Secretary General Noble said: “It is imperative that INTERPOL provide Turkmenistan with the tools, services and training to enhance their efforts to fight human trafficking, to screen the identity documents of persons wishing to enter their country, and to fight cybercrime.

“Only in this way can we hope to foster the high level of international police cooperation that is essential to ensuring we stay ahead of the criminal networks that try to find and exploit any weak links in our member countries,” concluded the INTERPOL head.

Through its membership in the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors (CARICC), Turkmenistan works closely with INTERPOL to combat transnational crimes affecting the region, notably drug trafficking and terrorism.

CARICC members, including Turkmenistan, have direct access to INTERPOL’s information system and databases, allowing the two organizations to exchange information on drug traffickers and members of terrorist groups.

Mr Noble’s mission to Turkmenistan, which joined INTERPOL in 2005, makes it the 168th member country visited by the Secretary General since his first election as the head of the world police body in 2000.