BOLIVIA and BRAZIL: A Pact for Border Vigilance
By Dialogo January 01, 2011
The fight against drug trafficking continues in South America. Bolivia and Brazil have signed a five-point agreement to collaborate against narcotrafficking and money laundering in their border areas. The agreement “has nothing theoretical about it; it’s very practical and focused on concrete actions to improve border vigilance and use this region as an element of integration,” Brazilian Justice Minister Luiz Paulo Barreto said during the Mercosur summit in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, reported Agence France-Presse.
The accord includes training for Bolivian police officers and their counterparts in specialized centers in Brazil. Joint intelligence and eradication operations are also part of the agreement.
“We don’t want our citizens to remain in situations of marginality. We want to organize border development actions, we want legality for everyone, on both sides of the border,” Barreto said..