Ecuadorean and Peruvian Senior Military Command Reinforce Fight against Transnational Crime
By Dialogo July 11, 2013
Risk management, natural disasters, human rights within the Armed Forces and the fight against illegal mining are among the topics included on the agenda of the XVIII Round of Military Talks between Peruvian and Ecuadorean Armed Forces’ chiefs of staff, held from July 9 to 11 in Cuenca, Ecuador.
The event was aimed at boosting mutual trust and developing a concept of comprehensive security within the South American region through reinforcing cooperation bonds between the military forces of both nations, as well as establishing professional ties between military institutions.
This round of talks between Ecuador and Peru has been held since 2000, after signing a definitive peace accord in 1998, in order to follow up on the bilateral cooperation agenda, which has focused on security issues and the fight against organized crime in recent years.
The delegations were headed by the Chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces from each country, Lieutenant General Leonardo Barreiro from Ecuador, and Admiral José Cueto from Peru.
During the inauguration of the XVII Round, Lt. Gen. Barreiro said, “these conversations strengthen the bonds of friendship, camaraderie, professionalism, and mutual trust existing between both countries.” Meanwhile, Adm. Cueto appreciated the hospitality and promised to work on the development of both nations.