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24 May 2016

INTERPOL Chief discusses global security issues with Austrian Interior Minister

VIENNA, Austria – Enhanced use of INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities to address terrorism and the organized crime networks behind migrant smuggling was the focus of a meeting between Secretary General Jürgen Stock and Austrian Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Sobotka.

Border security was also high on the agenda, in relation to the implementation of recommendations made by EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in November 2015 for all EU states to register third country nationals illegally entering the Schengen area, and to perform systematic security checks with INTERPOL.

In combating the terrorism threat, Mr Stock highlighted INTERPOL’s role as Europe’s police information gateway to other strategic regions including the Middle East, North Africa and the Sahel.

Discussions between Secretary General Stock and Minister Sobotka also touched upon the issue of firearms smuggling, with guns increasingly becoming the weapon of choice for terrorist attacks in Europe.

The recent INTERPOL-led Operation Balkan Trigger resulted in the seizure of 40 firearms, six kg of explosives, 11 hand grenades and 1,300 pieces of ammunition in just one 48-hour period.

INTERPOL’s policing capabilities include nominal, fingerprint and DNA databases as well as enhanced border security tools which support the more effective tracking and tracing of suspected foreign terrorist fighters around the globe.