Thursday, 23rd September 2021

Additional access to use INTERPOL’s global databases granted to Sri Lanka

Colombo, Aug 28 (BAN/ AD): In a bid to boost Sri Lanka’s fight against terrorism additional access from INTERPOL to use its global databases has been granted. This will give Sri Lanka access to information of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs).

Combating terrorism threat was the focus when INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock met with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Acting Inspector General of Police Chandana D. Wickramaratne yesterday in Colombo.

INTERPOL has said by using its database Lanka will have information on wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents and stolen vehicles. This step will enhance Lankan efforts to combat terrorism. Post Easter Sunday attacks first team to arrive in Lanka was IRT and included expertise in areas including counter-terrorism, explosives, analysis and Disaster Victim Identification.

Secretary General Stock said “Following a terrorist attack it is essential for the law enforcement officials on the ground to have access to any and all information which could prove vital to their enquiries.”

INTERPOL chief added “My meetings with the President, Prime Minister and Acting Inspector General of Police have demonstrated Sri Lanka’s ongoing commitment to international police cooperation, and I look forward to our continued joint efforts in enhancing global security.”

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