On June 19-23, 2018, a delegation of Romania’s Ministry of Internal Affairs headed by Romanian Police Chief Catalin Ionita was in the city of New York, the United States, to attend the UNCOPS II Summit and to have more bilateral meetings.
“June 20-21, Catalin Ionita participated in the second UNCOPS II United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit, 2018 organised by the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), at the headquarters in New York, United States,” a press statement released on Friday the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (IGPR) informs.
Discussed at the summit were reaffirming the UN’s central role in peacekeeping globally, generating police capabilities to help improve UN missions and facilitate efforts to reform the organisation.
At the UNCOPS II Summit, an exchange of views on police practices was also carried out related to the framework for conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities, as well as the prospects for the participation of the Romanian Police personnel in international peacekeeping missions under the auspices of UN.
According to the statement, co-operation between the Romanian Police and UN bodies and agencies was also discussed, the results obtained and the participation of Romanian Police officers in UN peacekeeping missions in the future.
“The Romanian delegation, headed by the chief of the Romanian Police, had a working meeting with Luis Carrilho, head of the Police Division of the Department for Peacekeeping Operations, who addressed matters including the participation of Romanian Police officers in missions under the aegis of the United Nations, outside the Romanian territory,” reads the release.
Among the topics debated were the new UN doctrines on the selection and recruitment of IGPR staff for their deployment in theatres of war.
On 22 June, the Romanian Interior Ministry (MIA) delegation had two meetings with ambassador Ion Jinga, permanent representative of Romania to the United Nations in New York.
Representatives of the Romanian Gendarmerie, including Inspector General Sebastian Cucos, as well as Bogdan Stir, the internal affairs attaché of the MAI at the UN in New York, were also part of the Interior Ministry delegation.
Ionita, FBI New York chief discuss bilateral co-operation
Bilateral co-operation between the Romanian Police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were discussed by General Inspector of the Romanian Police Catalin Ionita and head of the FBI New York William F. Sweeney Jr at the UNCOPS II summit.
“Aspects related to the bilateral co-operation between the Romanian Police and the FBI were discussed, along with results obtained in joint investigations, as well as the participation of Romanian Police officers in the training programmes offered by the American partner,” the press statement maintains.