CIS regional collaboration key to global terror fight, INTERPOL Chief tells Ukraine meeting

INTERPOL on September 28, 2011 released the following:

“DONETSK, Ukraine – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has told a gathering of heads of security and anti-terrorism agencies from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) that ‘strong cooperation in the region underpins international efforts against terrorism’.

With the CIS Anti-Terrorism Centre’s (ATC) joint anti-terrorism training and tabletop exercise (28-30 September) highlighting the need for CIS member countries to address the threat of terrorism through collective regional action, senior officials at the event underlined the region’s role in global security.

In this respect, Colonel General Andrey Novikov, Head of the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States, said: “Regional collaboration in the framework of INTERPOL is a priority security area for the Commonwealth of Independent States. Secretary General Noble’s visit to our anti-terrorism training and tabletop exercise demonstrates the region’s strategic importance and the need for an international collaborative approach to security.”

Noting that the victims of the 9/11 attacks included citizens from CIS countries, Secretary General Noble said that recent commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the attacks were a reminder of the global reach of terrorism.

“Global efforts against terrorism must necessarily rely on solid regional co-operation. The CIS region is integral to INTERPOL’s vision for a safer world,” said Secretary General Noble.

Mr Noble also recalled how since the beginning of 2011 there had been tragic reminders of the threats faced by countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The January 2011 attack on Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow, and the bombing of Oktyabrskaya subway station in Minsk only a few months later were just two dramatic examples of the terror threat faced by all citizens in the CIS region, he said. The two attacks claimed almost 50 lives and injured hundreds.

“Yet those same events showed how strongly CIS countries believe in international cooperation and intelligence-sharing against terrorism. In both cases, authorities from Russia and Belarus promptly shared with INTERPOL intelligence obtained after the attacks, and sought our support in investigating possible international leads,” said Secretary General Noble.

The Head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrykin, delivered personally to INTERPOL key findings in the investigation into the Domodedovo airport terror bombing. Belarus also shared evidence from the 2011 bombing, as it did in July 2008 following another terrorist attack in Minsk, and forwarded to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat fingerprints recovered from a defused bomb. That decision paid off three years later when INTERPOL’s experts were able to determine that four finger marks from the specimens sent in 2008 matched those of the suspect charged with the 2011 terrorist attack.

The audience also heard that since INTERPOL launched its Fusion Task Force programme in 2002 to spearhead its efforts against terrorism, the amount of intelligence shared by CIS member countries has grown unabated. To date, one out of six of the 13,000 profiles of entities suspected of terrorism affiliation in INTERPOL’s database has been provided by agencies from the CIS region.

“The evidence is clear: countries from the Commonwealth of Independent States all look in the same direction when it comes to countering terrorism, and they do so determined to join the rest of the world in this mission,” added Mr Noble.

In December 2008, INTERPOL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the CIS, providing direct access to INTERPOL’s global police communications system and global databases. This will ensure that all INTERPOL member countries benefit from intelligence shared by the CIS, and that CIS countries can rely on a wealth of global real-time knowledge in countering terrorist threats.

The three-day meeting in Ukraine, ‘Donbass Anti-Terror 2011’, is organized by the CIS ATC and the Security service of Ukraine and will involve anti-terror tabletop and practical exercises. In addition to the heads of security and anti-terrorism agencies from CIS member countries, it is also attended by Valeriy Khoroshkovskyi, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, and Anatoliy Blyzniuk, Governor of Donetsk Oblast.”

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