Burma enlists Interpol help ahead of ASEAN summit

Burma enlists Interpol help ahead of ASEAN summit

Burmese police have brought in Interpol to help with security measures at Rangoon International Airport ahead of the 24th ASEAN Summit due to be hosted in Burma this weekend.

Police Lt-Col. Hla Myint, the deputy-director of the police’s International Liaison Department, told DVB on Tuesday that three representatives from Interpol have been working alongside Burma’s police and immigration officers at the airport since 3 May.

“We have three Interpol officers helping to check arrivals at the airport. They will stay until the end of the ASEAN summit,” he said. “They may be able to prevent malicious acts in our country by employing technology to verify passports and fingerprints.”

He said the three Interpol officers deployed at the airport are a South Korean, a Canadian and a Slovenian.

The police are also assigning teams for security in Naypyidaw, including bomb disposal units, said Hla Myint.

The 24th ASEAN Summit is scheduled on 10- 11 May in the Burmese capital of Naypyidaw. The conference will be attended by the heads of state or representatives of all 10 Southeast Asian members.

Interpol was also enlisted to help with airport security during the Southeast Asian Games held in Burma in December, a move that led to the arrest of a US fugitive.

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