CTED and INTERPOL Pledge Enhanced Cooperation
Enhanced international cooperation is needed in order to tackle the evolving tactics and techniques of terrorists and terrorist groups, according to Mr. Weixiong Chen, Deputy Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) and Ms. Mireille Ballestrazzi, the recently appointed President of INTERPOL.
At a meeting held in New York on 28 February 2013, Mr. Chen and Ms. Ballestrazzi pledged to deepen collaboration between their respective organizations.
New methods of payment for terrorist activities, the use of the Internet for terrorist recruitment and incitement, and fraudulent travel documents are all areas of priority concern, said Mr. Chen.
CTED will continue to enhance its role as a facilitator of technical assistance aimed at assisting United Nations Member States to develop comprehensive and integrated strategies aimed at addressing conditions conducive to terrorism.
Greater use of the INTERPOL database on stolen and lost travel documents would also help curb terrorist abuse of weak border controls, stressed Ms. Ballestrazzi.
Mr. Chen and Ms. Ballestrazzi also underlined the importance of respect for, and promotion of the universal values enshrined in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law in the fight against terrorism, and pledged to continue to integrate respect for those values into their work, especially in the training of law enforcement personnel.