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19 August 2014

Rebuilding police capabilities focus of INTERPOL Chief visit to Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic – During his first official visit to the Central African Republic, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has met with senior government and law enforcement officials, including Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza, to discuss major crime issues facing the country and how INTERPOL’s global network can support the country’s police via its tools and services.

The visit comes as the Central African Republic is confronted with a violent internal conflict. To this end, in meetings with Interim President Samba-Panza, Interim Prime Minister Mahamat Kamoun and Minister of Public Security, Denis Wangao Kizimale, Secretary General Noble reaffirmed INTERPOL’s commitment to supporting the Central African Republic authorities’ efforts to restore security in the country and throughout the region.

The INTERPOL Chief highlighted the Central African Republic’s role in combating the transnational organized crime networks behind drug trafficking and environmental crime. The country has participated in INTERPOL’s Operation Wendi targeting the illegal trade in ivory, as well as the annual INTERPOL-supported Operation Cocair which targets cocaine trafficking route from South America and Africa into Europe.

“Helping the Central African Republic to rebuild and strengthen its police services is a critical step in the country’s ability to return a sense of safety to its citizens,” said Mr Noble.

“INTERPOL is therefore working to identify ways to support the police authorities in the Central African Republic in enhancing security, including through the provision of training and technical equipment via its global network,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Additionally, to identify the current policing resources and future needs of the Central African Republic, Secretary General Noble met with the Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bangui, Auguste Mboungaya and visited the NCB to see first-hand how the INTERPOL General Secretariat can help reinforce it.