Friday, 12 November 2010 9:14 AM

Solomon Islands Close to Joining INTERPOL

The Minister for Police and National Security has told a meeting in Qatar today that the Solomon Islands government through cabinet has fully endorsed the country's position to submit its application to be a member of INTERPOL in 2011.

A statement from James Tora, who was invited as a special guest to take part in a Ministerial discussion of the 79th General Assembly Session of INTERPOL, says he believes Solomon Islands is ready to join INTERPOL's 188 member countries.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Tora thanked INTERPOL for their continuous support to Solomon Islands.

The Police Minister says he has been reflecting on INTERPOL's accomplishments, the willingness and ability to work together to face the challenges that lie ahead, especially with the changing crime environment, with advance technology coming into play.

Mr Tora conveyed Solomon Islands regrets on Solomon Islands failure to submit its application for membership in 2010, and pledged to work towards his country's application for 2011.

The Police minister says his government has fully endorsed the country's position to submit its application.

INTERPOL, whose full name is the International Criminal Police Organization, is an organization facilitating international police cooperation. It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission in 1923 and adopted its telegraphic address as its common name in 1956.

Its work focuses primarily on public safety, terrorism, organized crime, crimes against humanity, environmental crime, genocide, war crimes, piracy, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime, intellectual property crime and corruption.

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