South American and African Nations to Discuss Cooperation in Uruguay

By Dialogo
January 14, 2013

Representatives of 24 South American and African countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean will discuss how to increase their cooperation regarding environmental issues, soil mapping, and maritime exploration, as well as the fight against organized crime.

The VII Ministerial Meeting of the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Area (ZOPACAS), created in 1986 by a U.N. General Assembly Resolution, will be held on January 15 and 16 in the Uruguayan capital.

The goal is to “generate solid cooperation mechanisms with visible results, while discussing environmental, airport and maritime security issues, as well as countering transnational crime,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The document also stated that Defense Ministers from several countries that are a part of the institution will participate in this event.

ZOPACAS is made up of representatives from Angola, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leona, South Africa, Togo and Uruguay.