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Interpol media release: Interpol Secretary General visits 100th country

Published date: 31.08.2006 15:54 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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PODGORICA, Montenegro Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble met with senior Montenegrin officials on a two-day mission, making the newly created country the 100th he has visited since becoming Secretary General.

After declaring its independence in June, one of Montenegros first acts as a new nation was to reach out to become a member of the international law enforcement community. Its application to join Interpol will go before the General Assembly next month.

Interpol applauds Montenegros swift move to join the organization, and this is why it is especially fitting that it should be chosen for the Secretary Generals milestone visit.

Mr Noble stressed the importance of all countries that believe in the rule of law and are committed to fighting terrorism and other serious international crime becoming members of Interpol, the worlds only global law enforcement organization.

'Every country, no matter how small, has a vital role to play in the fight against terrorism and other serious international crime,' said the Secretary General.

'Terrorists and other international criminals operate from, and travel through, countries of all sizes and locations while plotting and executing their crimes. It is crucial to restrict their movements, eliminate their safe havens, disrupt their plans and apprehend them wherever they may be found. Interpol provides member countries with the means to do this.'

Using the Interpol global database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD), for example, can help countries such as Montenegro detect people traveling on falsified stolen or lost passports. Through technologies developed by Interpol, law enforcement officers at airports and other border entry points can now instantly check passports against the organizations database.

Use of the SLTD database has been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, G8, European Union, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and International Civil Aviation Organization, among others.

'No country can afford not to use these tools the risks to the citizens of the entire global community are just too great,' added Mr Noble.

'We must be clear and united in sending a strong message. There will be no hiding place for terrorists and criminals, no border they can cross undetected, no country too remote or too small where they can consider themselves safe from identification and arrest.'

'Montenegro is an excellent example of the pivotal role any country can play in this global fight. Although it has just about 600,000 residents, it borders multiple countries with a combined population of over 20 million.'

With 184 member countries, Interpol is the worlds largest international police organization. Via I-24/7, its secure global police communications system, officers worldwide can access information from an array of databases, including names of suspected terrorists, stolen vehicles, fingerprints and DNA profiles, and can consult international wanted persons notices and other vital police information.