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UNASUR: Ecuador´s increasing organized crime affected. Peru and Colombia signed security plan.

The Defense Summit took place at the International Defense Technology Exhibition and Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF), located in the Army Headquarters. Photo Credit to ANDINA / Alberto Orbegoso.

Last week, Defense ministers of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) countries met on the sidelines of the 3rd International Defense Technology Exhibition and Prevention of Natural Disasters (Sitdef) held in Lima last May 11-15.

The ministers discussed the Peruvian proposal for the creation of a peace and cooperation zone in the region with a view to agreeing on a concrete action plan to achieve this goal under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Protocol.

During that Summit, Peru and Colombia signed on Friday a Binational Action Plan for Border Security aimed at combating drug trafficking and illegal activities that threaten the common border area.

The pact was signed by Minister of National Defense of Colombia, Rodrigo Rivera, the Defense Minister of Peru Jaime Thorne and Interior Minister of Peru, Miguel Hidalgo.

This is seen by experts as a countermeasure against the increasing presence of international criminal organizations in Ecuador. Recently the DEA accused Ecuador of being the south american central for organized crime, which offciers of the ecuatorian government strongly denied.

The signing of the agreement was made ​​in the context of the meeting of defense ministers of the 12 countries of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) held between Thursday and Friday in Lima.

The plan aims to strengthen political and strategic level of bilateral relations in the field of border security, enhance cooperation and the development of national capacities in response to common threats.

The document seeks to “identify the existing illegal activities by the increased presence of drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations that are constituted as a threat to both countries. ”

It also includes border control measures, prevention against human trafficking and migrant smuggling, control of river navigation and the use of technologies for border security, human rights, population, military civic action and the fight against weapons trafficking.