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   WJIN News
   Interpol Urged to Stop Internet from Becoming "Wild West" 
   SEOUL, Nov 8, (AFP) -- Interpol should seriously combat the wave of
   new crimes being committed in cyberpace, the head of Interpol urged
   Monday at a key meeting of international police chiefs here. 
   "We should not make the Internet a Wild West," said Toshinori
   Kanemoto, president of Interpol after the opening of the 68th general
   assembly of the international law-enforcement agency in the South
   Korean capital. 
   "This is one of the new types of crime which we have to defend
   (against) very much," Kanemoto said, adding that it would be "crucial"
   for law-enforcement authorities to cooperate with Internet-related
   Nearly 900 police chiefs from 127 Interpol member countries are
   attending the five-day meeting.
   Raymond Kendall, secretary general of Interpol, warned that cyberspace
   has become a hotbed of crime.
   "Every terrorist organization has its own internet web site" to
   propagate it, recruit manpower, purchase firearms and even sell
   children for sexual purposes, Kendall said.
   South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung backed the call for a crackdown on
   cyber crime.
   "I hope Interpol will come up with effective ways to root out computer
   crimes," he said in a speech read out by Prime Minister Kim Jong-Pil.
   "In cyberspace, serious sophisticated crimes like swindling,
   embezzlement and money laundering are being committed all the time and
   often traces are covered up or erased instantly, making the police
   unable to track them."
   High on the meeting's agenda will be how to tackle increasingly
   sophisticated global crimes, including illegal trafficking of drugs,
   cultural artifacts and even humans, the organizers said.
   Delegates are expected to adopt a declaration calling for greater
   cooperation worldwide in fighting global crimes, they added.
   Interpol, the successor to the International Criminal Police
   Commission (ICPC) set up in 1923 in Vienna, aims to ensure and promote
   mutual assistance between the world's anti-criminal authorities.
   Among its key goals is to track down and deport fugitives as well as
   the exchange of data and information on international crimes.
   The organization has been headquartered in Lyons, France, since 1989
   with 178 member states as of November this year.
   During its Seoul conference, Interpol plans to elect five of 13
   executive members and decide on venues for the 2000 and 2001 general
    Source: Agence France Press
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   from the National Institute of Justice of the United States Department
       of Justice and the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law
       Enforcement Affairs of the United States Department of State.

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