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24 October 2017

INTERPOL President addresses AMERIPOL summit

SANTIAGO, Chile - Addressing the AMERIPOL summit, INTERPOL President Meng Hongwei said the world police body was committed to playing a key role in safeguarding the security of the Americas.

Officially opened by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the three-day (24 – 26 October) AMERIPOL summit will address a range of crime areas.

With AMERIPOL celebrating its 10th anniversary, President Meng recognized the Organization's growth and achievements in combating transnational and organized crimes across the region and beyond.

The President underlined INTERPOL’s continued support to national authorities through its Regional Bureaus in San Salvador and Buenos Aires, particularly in coordinating operations targeting crimes including human and drug trafficking and firearms crime.

He highlighted the recent success of Operation Madretierra in June this year targeting environmental crimes in 10 countries which resulted in nearly 700 arrests and the recovery of some 10,000 endangered animals and timber worth more than USD 1.6million, in addition to the seizure of 76 firearms and 162 vehicles.

“Crime of any kind can escalate from a local problem to a global issue within a short period of time,” said President Meng.

“As with other continents, the Americas is under substantial pressure from transnational and organized crime such as cybercrime and financial crime.

“It is necessary to strengthen international cooperation across the different areas, police, governments, academia and the private sector to effectively combat these crimes, especially cybercrime,” added the President who pointed to the High-Level Dialogue for Countering Cyber and Financial Crimes hosted by INTERPOL in July.

The meeting provided a strong platform for future cooperation between law enforcement, financial, telecommunications and Internet sectors and President Meng called for continued support for this important step taken by INTERPOL.

During his first mission to Chile - which will host the 88th INTERPOL General Assembly in 2019 - President Meng met with President Bachelet and will also meet with the Minister of the Interior and Public Security and other high-level government officials to discuss international police cooperation.