Patil to open two-day IACP seminar on terrorism

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New Delhi, Sep 13 (UNI) Delegates from 13 countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will attend a two-day 'International Seminar on Terrorism' being organised by the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) here from Monday.

Home Minister Shivraj V Patil would inaugurate the Seminar while National Security Adviser M K Narayanan, would deliver the keynote address. Apart from the IACP President, Ronald C Ruecker, the two-day event would also be attended by foreign delegates representing 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

The Seminar is aimed at providing an interactive platform for sharing of expertise and experience between India and other countries which are affected by militancy and terrorism.

The lead speakers include Co-Founder of Afghanistan's Centre for Research and Policy Studies Mr Haroun Mir, and President, French National Crime Commission Mr Alain Bauer, besides security analysts from American think tank institutions like Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

The deliberations would include presentations on Terrorism in South Asia and its neighbourhood and issues like Youth Radicalization and Extremism and Insurgency in South East Asia. A panel discussion on the India's experience in counter terrorism policing is scheduled for the second day.

The IACP is the world's largest organisation of police officials, having a membership of around 20,000 officials, spread across more than 90 countries. Its objectives are to develop and disseminate professional practices and processes for policing law enforcement and to foster international cooperation amongst police or security organisations across the world in their fight against security threats such as terrorism, militant fundamentalism and organised crime.

India presently chairs the Asia-Pacific World Regional Office of the IACP, and so is organising of the Seminar. In 2001, India had hosted IACP's 8th Asian Executive Policing Conference, while in 1992, it had organised the 4th Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Delhi.

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