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INTERPOL praises Fiji's efforts

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, February 28, 2013

THE relationship between Fiji and the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) will be re-enforced following a two-day visit by the Secretary General of the global police force, Ronald Noble.

Yesterday Mr Noble praised Fiji's presence and contribution towards the efforts by INTERPOL in the region.

The chief of the global body said Fiji's contribution and its active membership in the region had been met with significant success.

During his first ever mission to Fiji, Mr Noble met Defence Minister Joketani Cokanasiga and Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua and highlighted the achievements of Fiji's police force and defence system.

"Fiji clearly recognises the added value of being an INTERPOL member and the country, its citizens and visitors are reaping the benefits of the country's active involvement in global police co-operation," said Mr Noble.

"Not only does Fiji provide fast and efficient support to the INTERPOL global network, but its law enforcement authorities have also shown their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in assisting other South Pacific countries, even when they are not a member of INTERPOL."

Mr Noble was accorded an iTaukei traditional ceremony of welcome and toured the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Suva.

He said Fiji, the only South Pacific country with a seconded officer at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, would gain to strengthen its position among the global law enforcement community.

During his six-day visit to the region, Mr Noble met senior police and government officials across three countries including PNG and Tonga.