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Home » Libya » Joint Communique on Libya

March 2013 

libyan border

In an attempt to improve border security and help security sector reform at the Tripoli International Airport Libyan airport, the European Union, EU, and Interpol have agreed on a deal with Tripoli airport authorities to establish a real-time passport control capacity at the airport

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said that this this EU/Interpol programme is an excellent example of the kind of practical support the EU is offering to Libya, and responds in real time to real needs, and at makes available world class expertise and brings tangible benefits to both sides.

The new joint project, that costs approximately €2.2 million is funded by the EU’s Instrument for Stability. Its main objective is to support border security and help security sector reform.

For the first time, the Libyan border control authorities will have the ability to use Interpol databases to detect stolen and loss passports and help identify wanted persons including suspected terrorists and international criminals.

Interpol’s database for lost or stolen travel documents contains some 36 million documents shared by 166 countries and is called upon more than 50 million times a month by law enforcement authorities.

The EU-Interpol programme includes three main components: “reinforcement of the Libyan Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) and its network, reinforcement of the criminal analysis capacity of the Criminal Investigation Department within the Ministry of the Interior, a strategic study of the transnational organised crime and terrorist threats in Libya”.

The EU later this month is sending the first members of an EU border assistance mission which is planned to launch by June 2013.

Source: Tripoli Post 

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