19 November 2004
Passport Alert System To Be Developed by U.S., Australia, Chile
Sharing data on lost, stolen passports will combat
The United States, Australia and Chile will work together to develop "passport
alert" systems for sharing information on lost or stolen passports,
according to a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State Colin
Powell, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Chilean
Interior Minister Jose Miguel Insulza.
The effort is intended to combat terrorism and improve travel
safety in the Asia-Pacific region.
The officials announced plans for the initiative at the conclusion
of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting
in Santiago, Chile. The U.S. Department of State released the joint
statement on November 19.
Following is the text of the statement:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
November 19, 2004
Joint Statement by the United States, Australia and Chile
APEC ECONOMIES TO DEVELOP
A REGIONAL MOVEMENT ALERT LIST SYSTEM
Australia, the United States and Chile will develop systems for
sharing passport alerts to help combat terrorism and improve travel
safety for business and other travelers in the region. The announcement
was made at the conclusion of the APEC Joint Ministerial Meeting
in Santiago, Chile, by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Chilean
Minister of Interior Jose Miguel Insulza and Australian Foreign
Minister Alexander Downer.
Australia and the U.S. will implement a trial of the APEC Regional
Movement Alert List (RMAL) system that will automatically share
data on lost and stolen passports. RMAL will enable border management
officials of participating economies to immediately check passenger
movements against records of lost and stolen passports before or
during flights. When fully developed, RMAL will make more effective
the Advanced Passenger Information (API) systems that APEC member
economies are building to promote business mobility. RMAL has the
potential to become an important part of the border and transportation
security infrastructure of the region and is a specific security
commitment that APEC Leaders called for in the Enhancing Human
Security section of the 2003 Bangkok Declaration.
Chile will join a system that allows border management authorities
throughout APEC to manually check records of lost and stolen passports.
The three Ministers expressed the hope that other APEC economies
would follow these initiatives and join in subsequent efforts to
significantly enhance the safety of travel throughout the region.