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Friday, May 4, 2012
UNASUR: Crime Jeopardizes Security in South America
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, May 4.- Colombian Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón, warned today that cross-border crime is the most serious threat to security and stability in the region.
In his opening speech of a ministerial meeting of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Pinzon said that phenomenon is directly related to a series of illegal activities that have a global scope, articulated in complex networks and with a great adaptability.
He cited scourges including drug, arms and human trafficking, illegal mining, corruption, money laundry, cyber crime and the connection among criminal gangs, which nowadays end up becoming the most serious threat against the governments' security and stability.
The two-day meeting in Cartagena de Indias is attended by delegations from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
In his speech, Pinzon proposed to his counterparts of Defense, Interior, Justice and Foreign Relations of UNASUR the creation of a forum in charge organizing and coordinating efforts to fight those scourges.
"Crime knows nothing about borders, and the struggle against it will only be effective if it is based on cooperation from all countries," he said. (Prensa Latina).