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Colombian, Peruvian, and Brazilian Military Personnel in Joint Operations on Border

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first_img The armed forces of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil have begun joint operations along their common border, operations that will extend for three weeks in order to counteract the activities of drug traffickers and guerrilla groups in the area, the Colombian Navy announced. Army and navy units from the three countries are participating in the operation, named “Colper Amazonia 2010,” in which they will carry out monitoring and patrol tasks in the part of the Amazon region where the borders of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia come together, Brig. Gen. Rafael Colón, in charge of the operation on the Colombian side, explained to AFP. The operation, which is taking place along the Putumayo and Amazonas rivers, seeks to attack the locations of drug-trafficking stockpiles, cut routes used by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, a communist guerrilla group), and impede the activities of criminal gangs active in the area, the Colombian Navy indicated in a statement. “The crime that has taken root in this area needs the joint action of the three countries,” Colón affirmed. “We’ve destroyed five drug-processing laboratories and two hundred hectares planted with coca. In addition, we’ve seized 1.5 tons of solid raw materials and one thousand gallons of liquid raw materials for manufacturing cocaine paste,” the general specified. “Each military is acting within its own territory, but they’re exchanging information, and we’ve set up a joint command in the city of Leticia (Colombia), with officers from the three countries who are evaluating the activities,” he indicated. This military operation is taking place a month after the defense ministers of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil agreed in a meeting in Leticia to intensify cooperation along their borders, including even patrols in which the three countries would participate simultaneously. By Dialogo November 29, 2010last_img


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