Brazil, Bolivia, And Peru Partner To Fight Criminal Organizations
In the coming weeks, the Brazilian government will meet with representatives from Bolivia and Peru to establish intelligence and defense agreements to combat criminal organizations operating on the borders between the three countries.
Meetings have been schedule with the Peruvian authorities on 11 August in Tabatinga (AM) and with the representatives of the Bolivian government in La Paz on 16 and 17 August. Meetings of the same nature have already been held with Southern Cone countries and with Colombia.
The information was presented on Friday morning by Defense Minister Raul Jungmann to federal deputies from the Rio de Janeiro caucus.
“We have joint actions being developed with these countries with the aid of the Foreign Ministry to create operational agreements in terms of intelligence, defense and police forces to combat these transnational crimes,” the minister said.
Jungmann and representatives of the Armed Forces made a presentation to the parliamentarians of actions that have been carried out at the borders to combat crimes such as drug, arms and people trafficking. The minister explained that the actions are related to the fight against crime in urban centers such as Rio de Janeiro, the destination of many weapons and drugs that cross the border illegally.
“Our goal is to reduce operational capacity and crack down on crime by breaking down stockpiles, reaching the command structure [of criminal gangs] and suffocating them, removing their financial capacity, their money,” the minister emphasized in a press conference after the presentation.
The military presented the pilot project of the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON), currently under development to increase surveillance and decision-making capacity in border regions. The project is being developed by the Army on the border with Paraguay, but the goal is to expand it in 2019.
Also presented were the results of Operation Agate, which unites the three armed forces and other bodies in the monitoring of border regions throughout the entire national territory. In 2017, 11,000 agents participated in the operation, which seized approximately R$ 27 million in illicit products.
Operation Ostium, in turn, has established entry and exit air traffic routes in the country’s borders since March, reducing the number of unknown flights by 75%. During this period, 153 interceptions were performed.
[Source: Government of Brazil -/- Media Relations]
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