The armies of Argentina and Chile have completed the details for this Antarctic season PARACAH (Antarctic Combined Rescue Patrol Argentina-Chile) 2015 exercise that became effective as of August and extends until next year, and which besides combined rescue operations also refers to collaboration in scientific and research issues in Antarctica.
The four day meeting in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile was held under the umbrella of the XV Bilateral Meeting of Antarctica organizations from the armies of Argentina and Chile and refers to the Paracah on land exercise scheduled to take off this month and again in September, depending on climate and ice conditions. It was also agreed that the Paracah 2016 exercise will take place in August/September next year close to a Chilean refuge in Antarctica.
Attending the ceremony were Argentine Brigade General Justo Francisco Treviranus, head of the Argentine Army Antarctica department and Chilean Brigade General Felipe Arancibia, commander of the Chilean army Vth. Division. Some of the guests included the Argentine consul in Punta Arenas Jorge Horacio Insausti, Colonel German Arias A., head of the Chilean army Antarctic department and Chilean Brigade General Luis Espinoza A, Vth Division head of operations.
Other points agreed in the agenda included an informative document on the combined activities of the two armies in benefit of scientific research in Antarctica which is to the presented to the Latin American Antarctica Programs 2015 Conference and the Advisory Antarctic Treaty meeting.
Likewise it was agreed to continue collecting satellite imagery and charting of the operation areas to update the information and offer adequate and improved conditions for the planning, exploration and scientific activities in Antarctica.
These agreements are to the benefit of our Antarctica stations and mainly to support those units of our armies so they can be prepared, in the event of extreme situations in Antarctica, and that is why we must continue to train in a combined and efficient way, said the Chilean Brigade General Arancibia.
His Argentine counterpart, Brigade General Treviranus was equally enthusiastic about the results of the meeting, this, as has always been with armies, was achieved with great respect and with the purpose of integration and promoting good relations. Our future is promising, we both need each other, in all places, but particularly in Antarctica, and so this is why it is essential we agree on theses accords.
The next bilateral meeting of the armies' Antarctica departments is scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires, July 2016.