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OAS and France Sign Agreement for the Entry of France to the Information Network on Criminal Matters

  November 28, 2012

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of France, Christiane Taubira, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the participation of the European country in the Hemispheric Information Exchange Network for Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and Extradition.

The Network began in 2000, when the Third Meeting of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA III) decided to increase and improve the exchange of information between OAS Member States in the area of ​​mutual assistance in criminal matters.

"The relationship between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean to this day is still very strong in terms of exchanges. Sometimes that generates a series of legal problems that we have to be able to solve, and that is why I believe that the issue of judicial cooperation is very important to us, and hopefully we can activate it through this agreement we have signed," said the Secretary General of the OAS, who celebrated the signing because it will help solve "one of the complex problems we have in Latin America, which is the absence of quick mechanisms of cooperation.”

Also, the leader of the OAS said that "with the linkage to the French Ministry of Justice, the Network on Criminal Matters of REMJA expands its borders to continue to support the strengthening of legal cooperation and the exchange of information of American States with a country that, in addition to being a Permanent Observer of our organization is also a strategic partner in many aspects of the agenda of our countries."

For her part, Minister Taubira said for her country "judicial cooperation is extremely important," and emphasized the need to ensure that the flow of information that this agreement will allow serves to deal with issues relating to people who have committed crimes on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The signing took place within the framework of the Ninth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA IX). France has participated in the OAS as an observer country since September 1972.

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Reference: E-430/12