Radar to Reactivate
By Dialogo January 01, 2010The United States plans to reopen a radar base on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a cooperative venture to fight narcotrafficking. The base in Nandayure in Guanacaste province has been closed since 1995, said Paul Trivelli, Civilian Deputy to the Commander at U.S. Southern Command, in an interview with Costa Rican daily La Nación in October. The site will be guarded by Costa Rican personnel, who will be trained to use the equipment. Reactivating the radar will allow for detection of vessels and aircraft suspected of drug trafficking. New boats and equipment will be donated by the U.S. for this venture. The two countries have been working together during drug seizures. In 2008, 21.7 tons of cocaine were seized off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, according to official data. In the first 10 months of 2009, 14 tons were confiscated in the area.