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OAS Secretary General Meets with President of INTERPOL

  February 26, 2013

OAS Secretary General Meets with President of INTERPOL
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the President of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Mireille Ballestrazzi, at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

During the meeting, the President Ballestrazzi presented to the Secretary General the main functions performed by the institution that she leads in the fight against terrorism and organized crime. For his part, José Miguel Insulza highlighted the main projects carried out by the OAS in relation to security, highlighting the work of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the regional organization, whose main purpose is to promote and develop cooperation among Member States to prevent, combat and eliminate terrorism. The INTERPOL leader was particularly interested in the Report on the drug problem in the Americas which is being prepared by the OAS under the supervision of Secretary General Insulza and which emanates from a mandate of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, held last year in Cartagena, Colombia.

With 190 member countries, INTERPOL is the largest international police organization, and its role is to support and assist all organizations, authorities and services to prevent or combat international crime. Also present at the meeting was the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Ambassador Adam Blackwell.

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Reference: FNE-11478