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15 September 2015

Strengthening regional and global security focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina ‒ On his first official mission to Argentina, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock met with senior government and police officials to identify areas for enhanced law enforcement cooperation to combat transnational crime and terrorism.

Secretary General Stock met with Argentina’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Héctor Timerman and National Secretary of Security and INTERPOL Executive Committee delegate for the Americas, Sergio Berni, who both underlined the country’s commitment to INTERPOL ‘as the most important law enforcement cooperation tool, not just at the global level, but also regionally.’

Mr Stock said the support from Argentina and other governments across the region, was key in strengthening INTERPOL’s ability to provide the tools and services needed by frontline officers to better protect citizens and visitors.

The INTERPOL Chief also held discussions with the heads of the four police forces within the Ministry of Security, Roman Di Santo, Director of Argentina’s Federal Police, Omar Ariel Kannemann, Director of the Gendarmería Nacional, Coast Guard Chief Luis Alberto Heiler and Germán Montenegro, Director of the Airport Security Police.

Secretary General Stock visited the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) where he met with Head of NCB Mario Ferreiro and his staff, in addition to touring INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for South America which opened in Buenos Aires in 2010.

In addition to providing direct support to the 12 INTERPOL NCBs in the region, the Regional Bureau also hosts one of the three Command and Coordination Centre operations rooms, alongside those at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France and the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore.

Countries served by the Regional Bureau in Buenos Aires include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Buenos Aires will be hosting the 9th International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference (22 – 24 September) which will provide a unique global forum on sharing and developing best practices against counterfeiting and piracy crimes. The event will be co-hosted by INTERPOL and Argentina’s Ministry of Security, in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL).