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Interpol Head Visits Cuba

January 14, 2002

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HAVANA (AP) _ The head of the international police agency Interpol arrived here at the invitation of the Cuban government, but no one is saying why.

Secretary General Ronald Noble arrived Sunday. Most of his itinerary was not released. He will, however, attend an awards ceremony and news conference Wednesday.

Noble, an American citizen, was scheduled to leave Cuba on Thursday.

Two visiting U.S. senators said earlier this month that President Fidel Castro was interested in cooperating with the United States in drug interdiction programs and efforts to eliminate international terrorism.

Interpol and the United States government are creating a database of people and organizations suspected of financing terrorist activities.

Noble has asked each of Interpol’s 179-member countries, including Cuba, to share intelligence with law enforcement groups worldwide.

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