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Havana, Cuba.- The 15th Meeting of Contact Points of the Network of Assets Recovery started today and will close on Wednesday at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, dedicated to exchange information associated to the struggle against international crimes, such as money laundering and its link with terrorism.

A report of the Cuban Central Bank published today in Granma newspaper, adds that it is an important meeting of the Latin American Financial Action Group (Lafag), regional mechanism that combats asset laundering and financing terrorism, of which Cuba is member since 2012.

The Network is a platform that allows to establish alliances to recover assets generated by illegal activities,

created with the participation of the U.N. Office against Drugs and Crime.

In those efforts also participate Interpol and the Inter-American Commission for Control of Drug Abuse.

In this meeting of Points of Contact participate some 20 countries of the region, as well as Spain, Italy, France and representatives of other international organizations.

Cuba will be represented by the General Prosecution of the Republic and the Ministry of the Interior, together with the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) and its Financial Intelligence Unit, that helps coordinate prevention of these scourges.

Co-sponsoring the event is the International Cooperation Agency of Germany (Giz).

Besides the recovery of assets, the agenda includes financing of terrorism and proliferation of massive destruction weapons.

The meeting is presided by the Executive Secretary of Lafag, Marconi Melo.

The general coordinator for Latin America of Giz, Fabian Klemme will also be present together with the Minister President of the BCC, Irma Martinez and the General Prosecutor of the Republic of Cuba, Yamila Peña.

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