Peruvian Army Supports VRAEM Region
By Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo August 03, 2017Adolf Hitler.Asalam Alaeom.England offer for quick demand of England army bases in Peru include for runway. Adolf Hitler.Asalam Alaekom.England thank to cooperation of Peru.First task of land for process choosen.England With the objective of contributing to the pacification of the region, the Peruvian Army’s Engineering Brigade built and installed 26 modular bridges in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym). The VRAEM is a geopolitical area located between the districts of Cusco, Apurímac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, and Junín, and it is considered a highly dangerous part of the country, where Shining Path drug trafficking organizations are present. The installation of the bridges will allow for improved traffic flow between the towns that comprise the VRAEM region and represents a partial response to the security problem in the area. It is also anticipated that there will be improved communication and economic activity in the region, through the transportation of products that are common to the area, such as cocoa and coffee, for example. The construction of viaducts was made possible thanks to an agreement signed among the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, and Provías Nacional. Two of these construction projects were inaugurated on June 26th in a public ceremony officiated by Peruvian Defense Minister Jorge Nieto Montesinos in the district of Canayre, in the region of Ayacucho. The area is known as ‘The Quadrilateral,’ a fortress of remaining terrorists who engage in drug trafficking. On that occasion, Nieto highlighted the work and effort the service members had made. “This ceremony represents a clear example of how our Armed Forces, and especially our Army, are rebuilding Peru through the construction of bridges that are needed for economic and social development in the VRAEM region and across the country,” the minister emphasized during a press conference at the Ministry of Defense. According to General Luis Humberto Ramos Hume, the commander of the Peruvian Army, the building of this type of infrastructure will greatly improve vehicle transit between the populated centers of Yochegua, Ramadilla, and La Unión, among other localities in the VRAEM region. “For the residents of this area, the news that bridges and other road infrastructure projects, such as new routes and roads, would be built here represents a big impact in their daily lives,” Gen. Ramos Hume said. Canayre Bridge is 137 meters long, 4.2 meters wide, and has two abutments and two piers at midspan. The Savia Bridge is 30.48 meters long and has a paved surface that is 4.2 meters wide. According to Gen. Ramos Hume, the public works that have been completed, and the others still pending in the near term, are part of an agreement intended to rebuild the VRAEM region which began in 2016 and is scheduled to conclude in 2021. “In addition to the bridges that have been installed since 2016, the Peruvian Army plans to install 20 more bridges next year . The highway between La Quinua - San Francisco [146.42 km], the San Francisco Bridge and Accesos [237.5 m], and the Puerto Ocopa Bridge [150 m] are among the completed VRAEM road integration projects in which the Armed Forces participated,” Gen. Ramos Hume said. VRAEM, a red-alert zone The Armed Forces’ assistance in the VRAEM region is nothing new in Peru. It is a high-risk region where approximately 20,000 hectares of coca leaf are cultivated each year, making the area favorable to drug traffickers. Drug trafficking has claimed many Peruvian lives and resources. “In this context, stepping up our military presence is essential, both to guarantee national security, and to extend social programs to the most vulnerable populations that live in the region,” Gen. Ramos Hume said. The people in the region have demanded greater monitoring and security through public demonstrations which intensified after September 2015, following a historical march that was called by the people of the Kimbiri municipality in Cusco, and the Ayna San Francisco municipality in Ayacucho. On that occasion, thousands of citizens raised their demands with the national government, calling for more security and a greater presence of security forces, explained General Vicente Romero Fernández, the director of the Peruvian National Police. “We understand that there is a need to strengthen the cooperation between various offices of the National Police and the Peruvian Armed Forces for the purpose of turning the VRAEM into a safer region with a lower crime rate,” he said. “This framework agreement among the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Transportation and Communication, and Provías Nacional provides for the construction of new infrastructure in the VRAEM, which is vitally important. However, we consider this to be just one part of the response to the demands that have been raised by the citizenry,” Gen. Romero pointed out. “It is expected that in November of this year a new highway is to be inaugurated, giving access to the Apurímac Medical Center,” he concluded.