Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Shahin attended a ministerial meeting of the 81st International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) General Assembly in Rome on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Shahin conveyed the success Turkey gained in fight against terrorist organizations, organized crime gangs and illicit drug traffickers, and stressed the importance of international cooperation in this fight.
Money gained by organized crimes is an important financial resource for terrorist organizations, he said.
Our studies showed that especially PKK/KCK terrorist organization is active not only in illicit drug trafficking but also in black money laundering, distribution of illicit drugs in Europe and taking commission from drug dealers which are all steps of illicit drug trafficking, said Sahin.
Although it is necessary to fight against these organizations together, required international cooperation could not be provided, said Sahin.
Shahin said that Turkey, in the aspect of confiscating heroin, ranked the second in the world by seizing 16.4 tons of heroin in 2009 according to UN's 2011 report.
Shahin also held bilateral meetings with interior ministers of Ivory Coast, Azerbaijan, Poland, Bahrain, Georgia and Italy.