Interpol adopts joint anti-terrorism measures

Marrakesh(IANS) : Interpol has taken a series of steps aimed at promoting cooperation among its 186 member states to fight terrorism and trans-border crimes, according to South African news agency BuaNews.

The participants at the 76th General Assembly agreed Thursday to create a reference centre for vulnerable targets.

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The centre will report to the Interpol Secretariat General and will facilitate technical assistance and exchange of good practices to protect possible targets of terrorist acts and criminal attacks.

The meeting Friday also adopted recommendations calling for the use of public appeals to track alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse against children, and the creation of a contact point in every National Central Bureau for international investigations on fugitives.

These contact points will consider requests submitted by member countries in terms of localisation and arrest of fugitives and promote international co-operation in this field.

The participants also agreed to create a new sub-regional bureau in Yaound, Cameroon, to cover the Central African region, bringing to six the number of Interpol sub-regional bureaus in the world after those at Abidjan, Harare, Nairobi, Buenos Aires and San Salvador.

The meeting, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Morocco’s membership in Interpol, brought together some 600 delegates from 145 countries.

Besides tackling the issues of paedophilia and human trafficking, participants also discussed the phenomenon of forgery.

The next General Assembly will take place in St Petersburg.