International Course on Anti-Drug Fight at Sea Begins in Colombia
By Dialogo September 07, 2011
For two months, representatives from at least seven Latin American countries, as well as France, Canada, and the United States, will participate in the Sixth International Maritime Interdiction Course in the Colombian port city of Cartagena.
“Taking advantage of Colombia’s experience, and as part of the regional cooperation activities in which the country engages, the National Navy and the President’s Social Action Office (Oficina de Acción Social de la Presidencia) will open the Sixth Maritime Interdiction Course on Tuesday,” a statement indicated.
According to the President’s Social Action Office, “over the course of two months, the Colombian Navy will share its knowledge of the fight against drug trafficking, at the same time that joint strategies and tools for fighting drug trafficking at sea will be implemented.”
The course is among the activities included in Colombia’s program of cooperation with the Mesoamerican region (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica), through which the country shares its progress on security issues.
The security cooperation program also foresees a course on the control of chemical precursors and a seminar on money laundering and human trafficking.