In line with UNMIK’s role under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999), in 2002 UNMIK entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with INTERPOL on “Cooperation in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice”. The purpose of this MoU was to establish a framework for cooperation between the parties including for the exchange of police information, the publication and circulation of INTERPOL notices, the transmission of diffusions and access to the INTERPOL network and databases. The MoU between INTERPOL and UNMIK remains in force.
In this regard, UNMIK facilitates communications between the Kosovo authorities and INTERPOL, for all matters related to crime prevention, police cooperation and criminal justice.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) signs International Wanted Notices (IWNs) based on the relevant legal framework. These notices are signed by the SRSG following a request made by the Kosovo authorities. UNMIK forwards notices to INTERPOL. INTERPOL issues and publishes notices which meet the requirements of INTERPOL’s Constitution and the INTERPOL Rules on the Processing of Data.
UNMIK is not involved in any legal processes that may follow the issuance of a notice by INTERPOL.
A Red Notice (International Wanted Notice) is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. It is based on an arrest warrant or court order issued by the judicial authorities. An international notice is intended to alert police, but it is not an arrest warrant.