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19 October 2017

INTERPOL Chief discusses security issues with Montenegro Deputy Prime Minister

PODGORICA, Montenegro – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has met with Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pažin to discuss international collaboration against the most pressing security concerns facing the region.

With all of Montenegro’s border crossing points directly connected to INTERPOL’s technical network, Secretary General Stock commended Montenegro for conducting the highest number of searches per capita against INTERPOL’s databases, including for Stolen Motor Vehicles and Stolen and Lost Travel Documents, out of all 192 member countries.

Underscoring Montenegro’s longstanding partnership with INTERPOL, the country took part in INTERPOL’s two Trigger operations targeting illicit firearms trafficking in Europe. The 2016 operation involved around 7,800 officers across 23 countries and resulted in 149 arrests and the seizure of firearms, ammunition and explosives.

Demonstrating the country’s commitment to tackling migrant smuggling in the region, Montenegro hosted the kick-off meeting of the INTERPOL Project to Counter Migrant Smuggling in the Balkans in April.

During his visit, the INTERPOL Chief also met with Minister of the Interior Mevludin Nuhodžić and Director of Police Slavko Stojanović, and toured the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Podgorica.