The head of the global law enforcement agency Interpol has vowed not to let the war on terror erode the fight against serious crime. Interpol's secretary-general Ronald Noble warned of the need to combat graft and organised crime as well as terror. 'We have to make sure that we strike the right balance between fighting terrorism and fighting other crimes that are serious to the community,' Mr Noble said. 'We have to keep the focus on violent street crime, paedophilia and other serious crimes, while establishing the nexus between the fight against corruption and terrorism. 'The fight against money-laundering is very complex, most of the proceeds of crime tend to be illegal and disguised . . . it is a complicated issue. 'We are finding that terrorist finances are being sourced from areas like diamond smuggling, weapons smuggling and drugs.' The police chief skirted around offering 'sensitive' details about the depth of crime and corruption on the streets of Hong Kong. 'I want to be a good guest here,' he said. 'If Hong Kong is one of the cleanest cities in the world in terms of its anti-corruption effort and reputation, then the Hong Kong Police is one of the cleanest and professional police forces in the world.' Mr Noble said the latest initiative by Interpol involved a crackdown on counterfeiting, forgery and the sale of stolen passports. In an effort to stop the global movement of terrorists, Interpol has created a database offering real-time access to information about stolen passports for its 181 member countries. Mr Noble said the crackdown was sparked by an alert over a stolen passport that surfaced at the recent Football World Cup in South Korea.