Bolivia and Paraguay Agree on Actions Against Drugs and Arms Trafficking

first_img Bolivia and Paraguay agreed in Santa Cruz to establish channels for exchanging information and to hold coordination meetings on the fight against drugs, arms trafficking, and human trafficking, according to a document made public by the Bolivian foreign ministry. The two countries’ foreign and defense ministers “reached agreement to establish channels for exchanging information and to hold periodic coordination meetings at all levels, for the purpose of deepening cooperation” on the mentioned issues. The two countries share a 738-km border, across which there takes place, chiefly, a sizable traffic in cocaine and marihuana. They also “agreed to create an Emergency Council on Natural Disasters, with the objective of promoting the exchange of information and experiences in the area of disaster-risk management and the study of threats and vulnerabilities, especially along the border.” The Bolivian foreign minister, David Choquehuanca, his Paraguayan colleague, Héctor Lacognata, and defense ministers Rubén Saavedra (Bolivia), and Cecilio Pérez (Paraguay) participated in the meeting. The meeting was held in the city of Santa Cruz, 900 km east of La Paz, within the framework of the Fourth Meeting of the Bolivia-Paraguay 2+2 Dialogue Mechanism. By Dialogo November 22, 2010last_img read more