Brazil Launches Plan Against Organized Crime on Its Borders

By Dialogo
June 10, 2011

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched a plan that integrates the operation of the Armed Forces and the police in order to confront organized crime along the country’s sixteen thousand kilometers of border and affirmed that Brazil will cooperate with the ten countries with which it shares a border.

Brazil’s Border Strategic Plan is “a commitment” made during her campaign in order to guarantee public safety in Brazil, Rousseff said.

“This is not an action that looks to transfer the problem of our borders to neighboring countries. On the contrary, it seeks to work with neighboring countries to build protection for that border area, where ten countries of our Latin America are living together harmoniously, without war, without conflicts,” she affirmed.

Defense Minister Nelson Jobim announced that there will be dialogue and coordination with neighboring countries, with which he expects to initiate a series of meetings.

Brazil has 16,000 kilometers of border, of which more than 9,000 kilometers run through rivers and lakes, while the remainder is on land, often in areas as complicated to protect as the Amazon.

“We’ve never had coordination and integration (…) Now Brazil’s security forces are proceeding to function in a coordinated and integrated way,” Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo emphasized.

More personnel on the border and more technology are the main ingredients of this Brazilian plan.

“Starting in August or September” Brazil will begin to operate unmanned aircraft that will comb those borders. A joint operations center and a monitoring center that will work with satellites will also be created.

Brazil borders directly on nine South American countries, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname, in addition to the territory of French Guiana, which belongs to France.