East African Community and Interpol to co-operate on security

November 12, 2012

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The Arusha-based East African Community (EAC) and Interpol agreed to intensify security co-operation in the region, Tanzania's The Guardian reported Sunday (November 11th).

The agreement came during the 81st Interpol General Assembly meeting in Rome at the weekend, and they are expected to soon sign a memorandum of understanding outlining the nature of the co-operation.

"As the EAC integration deepens and widens, with the implied freedoms brought about by the implementation of the Common Market Protocol, negative effects like trans-national crimes like drugs, human trafficking, counterfeit goods and cyber-crimes among others are also gaining sophistication and must be resolutely fought," said EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera.

He added that co-operation with Interpol will be a key complement to EAC peace and security efforts.

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