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Balkans: Six countries agree to combat cyber crime

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Sarajevo, 13 Sept. (AKI) – Six Balkan countries on Thursday agreed to forge a joint strategy to fight organised crime, especially 'cyber crime', which has been on the rise in the region.

The police ministers of Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Turkey at a conference in Sarajevo agreed the fight against organised crime required joint action and couldn’t be fought effectively by any single country.

Opening the conference, Bakir Izetbegovic, chairman of the rotating Bosnian presidency, said the region had to cooperate on security and the fight against organised crime.

“None of us present here can fight organised crime alone,” Izetbegovic said.

“We must do it together,” he added.

Bosnian police minister Sadik Ahmetovic told the meeting: “It is an evident fact that cyber crime represents a global threat in a contemporary world, directly threatening security on national, regional and international level."

Serbian police minister Ivica Dacic said that 4,570 cases of cyber crime have been brought to trial in Serbia over the past five years.

“Electronic communication is being used to clinch deals in drugs, weapons and human trafficking,” Dacic said.

Croatian police minister Ranko Ostojic stressed the need for a worldwide fight against organised crime.

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