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23rd Interpol Asian Regional Conference kicks off in Kathmandu

PM Dahal underscores cross-border cooperation to combat crimes

Kathmandu, January 18, 2017: The 23rd Interpol Asian Regional Conference kicked off in Kathmandu on Wednesday bringing together police from various countries to discuss issues including terrorism, human trafficking, border security and cybercrime.

Heads of Police and police cooperation bodies from 33 countries are attending the conference to discuss and showcase emerging security challenges in Asian region.

Interpol is an international police organization that has 190 member countries.

Addressing inaugural session of the conference, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the national security should be strengthened in order to cope with new threats and challenges in the context of rapid-development in information technology and communication.

“The web of global interdependence is growing complex,” said PM Dahal. “Today, no single country can rely solely upon its own capabilities to address the problem of transnational and organised crimes. The adverse effects of such crimes and criminalities cannot be ignored because crime knows no boundary, and security can no longer be labelled as the agenda of a single country. Thus, cooperation and multilateralism are indispensable.”

Stressing on the need to enhance cooperation and collaboration between countries to keep the security threats in check, PM Dahal said the gap between rich and poor should be reduced in order to create a safer world.

Similarly, speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi said the syndicates of criminal gangs and terrorist are united, organised and have a very good rapport among them. “So these conferences will be helpful in curbing these crimes and in developing a better cooperation and understanding among law enforcement agencies,” said Nidhi.

He called on the law enforcement agencies to keep in top of their mind the issues of human rights violations as they are often blamed for human rights violations. He added that the civilization will not move in a positive direction if human rights are not respected, protected and preserved.

Likewise, Inspector General of Police Upendra Kanta Aryal said the biggest challenge for law enforcement agencies today is to act with predictability in the age of uncertainty. He said their strengths and limitations both are challenged by criminals.

“Traditional crimes are facilitated and amplified by the Internet. Terrorism, extremism, both cybercrime and cyber-enabled crimes, money laundering, human trafficking and smuggling, online child exploitation, wildlife crimes, trafficking of illegal narcotics, match fixing and the list of various new dimensions of transnational crimes may be never-ending,” said IGP Aryal.

In the conference, Nepali officials including IGP Aryal will present his views on human trafficking, DIG Nawaraj Silwal will speak on wildlife crime, and DIG Bom Bahadur Bhandari will discuss terrorism and trans-border crime.