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Colombia Moves to Increase Border Security

COLOMBIA / 16 MAY 2011 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

Colombia signed a security pact with Peru and also asked Venezela to better monitor the shared border region, in a joint effort to better combat drug trafficking. 

On May 13, Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera and Peruvian Defense Minister Jaime Thorne signed an agreement that will improve sharing of intelligence and manpower between the two countries, reports Peru's RPP

The treaty would increase river patrols along the 1,626 kilomenter frontier and would also encourage the sharing of technology for improved border security.

That same day, the Colombian Minister of Interior, German Vargas Lleras, asked Venezuela to step up efforts against drug trafficking in the border region.

In one of Colombia's greatest coca-producing regions,that of Catatumbo, Norte de Santande province, most of the coca is shipped across the border to Venezuela, the Minister said, according to EFE.

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