World Customs Organization2004-10-29 09:43:55

UNICRI, EUROPOL and SECI Regional Center
to battle Criminal Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction

SECI Regional Center hosted at Bucharest (October, 20-21) the first workshop organized within the UNICRI worldwide Program "Strengthening International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Trafficking and Criminal Use of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Substances and Weapons". The Program has been designed to help spread best practice for allowing states to improve their capabilities to prevent and combat illicit trafficking and criminal use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) material. It is also aimed at fostering cooperation among the international organizations that are addressing this complex problem.

The first regional initiative is confined to the "Euro-Asian" region, which includes countries from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. UNICRI is launching this initiative in cooperation with EUROPOL and SECI Center and with the active support of the External Relations Department of the European Commission, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Experts from UNICRI, EUROPOL, and SECI Center member countries attended this first regional initiative in which experiences and promising countermeasures will be shared between law enforcement authorities and international organizations.

The chairman of the second day session was the Acting Director of EUROPOL, Mariano German Simancas Carrion, who also had a meeting with the management of the SECI Center for discussing further development in the cooperation between the two institutions.

UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime&Justice Research Institute), EUROPOL and SECI Center, as well as all the participating agencies, strongly believe that enhancing cooperation among law enforcement authorities at national and regional level is fundamental in preventing a possible illicit use of CBRN agents. A broad expertise is required to effectively address these issues. As such, law enforcement authorities and international organizations need to establish permanent, comprehensive and efficient channels of communication - as indicated by United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 (2001), 1456 (2003) and 1540 (2004).

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