Panamanian forces destroy FARC camps in border region
By Dialogo March 29, 2012
BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Panamanian security forces destroyed two camps belonging to the 57th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a border region with Colombia, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón and his Panamanian counterpart, José Raúl Mulino, confirmed at a joint news conference March 28.
Colombian authorities provided intelligence support for the operation, Mulino said. The camps, located in the Panamanian side of the border, could accommodate up to 32 guerrillas.
Mulino was in Bogotá to sign an agreement that will allow Colombian authorities to provide intelligence to support air interdictions in Panamanian airspace. The ministers also agreed to reinforce their joint strategy against drug trafficking.
At their meeting, the ministers agreed “to strengthen bilateral coordination in intelligence exchange by connecting the two nations’ databases to improve the fight against criminal organizations [on] both sides of the border.”
“We have to incorporate, in all of our strategies, those marginal towns on the border to insert them in the productive life of our nations, thus neutralizing any impulse to collaborate with terrorist groups and drug traffickers,” Mulino said.
[AFP, 28/03/2012; Mindefensa.gov.co (Colombia), 28/03/2012]