Nine South American countries commit to an ‘alliance’ against organized crime

The representatives of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay, in addition to Brazil, stressed the “priority” they intend to give in the fight against criminal activities and the need to “implement concerted actions,” according to a statement sent to AFP by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Security.

Argentina and Chile were represented but did not sign the document, which was validated by Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock and Ameripol Executive Secretary Marcio Nunes de Oliveira.

Brazilian Minister of Justice and Security, Anderson Torres, promoted “a strategic alliance against crime (…) that expands the traditional system of police surveillance”, during the opening speech of the debates which will last until Friday in Brasilia.

According to him, this partnership aims to “expand the exchange of information which will make it possible to better diagnose and prevent transnational crimes”.

The representatives of the nine countries have agreed to hold semi-annual meetings.

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