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Mercosur to share intelligence and coordinate regionally organized crime combat

Saturday, November 26th 2011 - 03:20 UTC
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Mercosur Headquaters in Montevideo Mercosur Headquaters in Montevideo

Combating the drugs and arms trade and traffic of people as well as a greater coordination of regional intelligence services are among the pillars in security affairs that Argentina, as chair of Mercosur in the first half of 2012 will be applying.

Argentine Public Security Minister Nilda Garré made the announcement on Friday in Montevideo on receiving from Uruguay’s Minister of Interior Eduardo Bonomi the presidency of the regional security group.

“We’re going to promote the Mercosur Exchange System, SIM which is a crucial tool so that intelligence services can better address the criminal organizations”, said Garré at the end of the meeting in a brief interview with the press.

Ms Garré also announced Argentina would promote a “regional diagnosis” on the drugs and arms trade and people’s traffic situation “for a better outline of the possible cooperation to confront these very serious challenges”.

“Crime networks have become true international corporations” and it is essential for security forces “to share information and intelligence data to improve efficiency”.

The Argentine minister also announced that during the Mercosur presidency of Argentina “we will subscribe an agreement on the outline and display of security for the international soccer matches” particularly in anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Ms Garré also announced that Argentina will define a “Mercosur protocol for the treatment and care” of victims of peoples’ traffic and will organize a Symposium on Public Security in defence of Citizens.

Argentine Justice and Human Rights minister Julio Cesar Alak said that the government of President Cristina Fernandez would like to elaborate a “strategic judicial plan” and thus avoid that Mercosur country members every six months start from scratch, given the rotation of the group’s chair.

Alak revealed that in the first quarter of next year, on suggestion from Brazil a seminar is being organized in Buenos Aires for the voluntary disarmament of civilians. This is an extended problem in the region and members agreed to adopt the slogan from the current Argentine campaign, “you have a gun, you have a problem”.

Also attending the meeting in Montevideo was the Justice Minister from Brazil, Jose Eduardo Cardoso; from Paraguay, Humberto Blasco Gavilán; from Bolivia, Nilda Copa Condori and the Chilean ministers of Interior and Justice Rodrigo Hinzpeter and Teodoro Ribera Neumann.

Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez will be officially taking the Mercosur chair from Uruguayan president Jose Mujica next December 20 during the group’s summit in Montevideo.

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  • Pirat-Hunter

    a good start will be to incriminate companyes and make them finacially liable for the sale of ilegal weapons in a given nation, for example any weapon used in crimes will be returned to the nation of origen with a charge 10 times the retail cost of a given weapon and with it a request for the information showing the buyers of said weapon leading to an international criminal prosecution. if this companied refuse to pay up and provide information then they could be legally prosecuted for being acoplices of the crimes commited with said weapon. can you imagine the income from these proceedings for nations having to fight terrorist organizations and organized crimes ? when I see the bill pass in their congress I might believe there is inteligence in this service, untill then we are going to have to belive that Al-CIA, mossad, AL-MI6 or some other gang of violent revols are going to use this services for their own selfish murderous my opinion this is just a temporary charade indictive of the times we live in.

    Nov 27th, 2011 - 10:33 pm 0
  • Kelper San

    Now I'm not criticising what you say but, There are a number of fundamental flaw's in what you are saying, and that is simply “no gun as ever committed a crime”, the crime is committed by the person using the gun, and as for saying charge the manufacturer, that is like saying if a drunk driver kills some one then charge the car maker, in any crime the blame is firmly in the hands of the perpetrator and no one else, and as you must know any number of every day items can be and often are used to take a life during a crime (iron-bar hammer piece of wood pen screwdriver rope knife and the list go's on) so who do you blame? You blame the person who's hand it was in.

    Nov 28th, 2011 - 09:44 am 0
  • ChrisR

    Kelper San #2
    You are absolutely correct of course, but I suspect that Pratt-Junta is up to his usual tricks of trying to get funds for the Central Bank.
    He does not care who, outside of Argentina, gets killed or hurt: he even encourages the indiscriminate killing of those HE perceives as enemies, particulary those, like you, who live peacefully on the Falklands.

    Nov 28th, 2011 - 04:35 pm 0
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