U.S. Southern Command Chief Meets with Peruvian and Colombian Military Chiefs
By Dialogo June 21, 2013
The first tripartite cooperation meeting on the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism between the U.S. Southern Command and Colombia and Peru’s Armed Forces high commands, the two main cocaine producing nations worldwide, was held on June 19 in Lima, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Defense.
The meeting was headed by Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano; General John Kelly, head of U.S. Southern Command; General Alejandro Navas, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Military Forces; and Admiral José Cueto, head of the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command.
The military chiefs discussed the exchange of experiences to confront drug trafficking and terrorism successfully, the Peruvian authorities reported.
The officials also discussed the topic of threats derived from illegal mining at the meeting, which was conducted at the Army’s headquarters known as “Pentagonito,” and to which the press did not have access.
In January, General Kelly visited Lima and met with President Ollanta Humala, with whom he discussed the military cooperation between the U.S. and Peru.
The meeting took place after President Barack Obama met with Humala in Washington.
Peru and Colombia are the main cocaine producers worldwide, as well as producers of coca leaves, the main ingredient of this illegal drug, with the United States as one of its main illicit markets.
Lima and Bogotá are also Washington’s key South American partners and allies.