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06 May 2014

Montenegro commended as a top user of INTERPOL’s databases

Minister reaffirms country’s commitment to global security during visit

LYON, France – Montenegro’s Minister of the Interior, Raško Konjević, met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss a variety of transnational security matters.

International law enforcement initiatives to locate wanted fugitives and combat organized criminal groups involved in a range of crimes were on the agenda, as was identifying areas where Montenegro can further benefit from INTERPOL’s global police network.

During his visit, Minister Konjević reaffirmed his country’s commitment to working with INTERPOL and the global police community to tackle the major crime issues facing the region.

“My visit to INTERPOL was intended to reinforce the ability of my Ministry and our police to protect the citizens of, and visitors travelling to, Montenegro from serious international crime. Since joining INTERPOL in 2006, Montenegro has become even safer by systematically using INTERPOL’s tools and services and by collaborating with police from its 190 member countries,” Minister Konjević .

“Montenegro will continue to be a reliable and dedicated partner of INTERPOL in all activities aimed at keeping Montenegro and the world safe from crime,” concluded Minister Konjević.

Demonstrating Montenegro’s dedication to protecting its people from all manners of threats, the Minister signed an agreement formally recognizing the INTERPOL Travel Document and granting a visa exemption to holders travelling on official INTERPOL business. With the agreement, Montenegro became the 72nd member country to recognize the document, which enables INTERPOL to provide faster support to countries requesting assistance.

Mr Noble highlighted how Montenegro – the 100th member country he officially visited as Secretary General – is making effective use of INTERPOL’s global tools and services, indicating that ‘even countries with small populations can play a large role in international security’.

In addition to being in the top 20 users globally of the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) and Stolen Motor Vehicles (SMV) databases out of all 190 member countries, Montenegro also ranks in the top 10 for hits against the nominal and SMV databases.

“Montenegro has consistently shown itself to be a leader in consulting INTERPOL’s databases to prevent and investigate serious crime with international links.

“At a time when we are seeing the expansion and diversification of transnational organized crime, Montenegro’s active participation in international law enforcement initiatives has had a positive influence on national, regional and global security,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

In addition to its strong participation in INTERPOL projects including Infra-Red, which targets wanted fugitives, and Pink Panthers, a notorious organized crime group targeting jewellery stores, Montenegro has also played an important role in operations to combat the trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting. Last year, Montenegro took part in Operation White Mercury, which resulted in the seizure of fake goods worth nearly USD 1 million and some 300 arrests across Eastern Europe.

Accompanied by Mr Ivan Ivanišević, Director General of International Cooperation and Mr Dejan Đurović, Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Podgorica, Minister Konjević also visited INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre and was briefed on the Organization’s operational tools and services.