Unasur Ministers To Discuss Regional Security

By Dialogo
May 02, 2012

Approximately 30 Defense, Interior, and Foreign ministers from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) will discuss the fight against transnational organized crime and security in the region at a meeting in Cartagena, on the Colombian Caribbean, on May 3 and 4.

Ministers from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela have confirmed their attendance, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón, the meeting’s host, indicated on April 30.

The ministers should determine in Cartagena which “Unasur body will address matters related to transnational organized crime and the new threats to regional security,” Pinzón said at a press conference.

“In the case of drug trafficking, part of the production takes place in Colombia, and then it ends up being exported and transits through other countries in the region. If we could achieve increasing cooperation, our effectiveness against that activity would be greater,” Pinzón indicated.

“States have borders; criminals don’t. For us, it’s important that the fight against drug trafficking, arms trafficking, illegal mining, and the trafficking of chemical precursors can be pursued in a coordinated and effective way,” he added.