Colombia and Peru Will Perform Border Military Exercise on Drug Trafficking
By Dialogo June 19, 2009Bogotá, June 17 (EFE).- An official source informed today that the Colombian and Peruvian Air Forces will perform a joint exercise from June 30 to July 4 on the border of both countries on how to secure the area from drug trafficking flights. According to a press release from the Colombian presidency, this exercise ,called "Percol II," is the continuation of the one initiated in 2006, which allowed to develop common aeronautical language and proceedings to improve and strengthen control of the air space on the border. Today the officers of both Andean countries gathered in Bogotá develop the coordination of activities in the border cities of Leticia (Colombia) and Iquitos (Peru). The exercise operation will consist of simulating the intercept of planes suspected of carrying drugs and weapons. Such simulations will be carried out through the exchange of mock information from command and control centres of both nations. Moreover, plans will be developed to effectively combat the illegal flights by utilizing existing infrastructure in Peru and Colombia.