The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) and the European Union (EU) analyzed today in a meeting held in the Ecuadorian capital, mechanisms to combat drug trafficking in the region.
This is the II Bi-regional Celac-European Union Meeting on the Exchange of Good Practices, called “Efficient mechanisms to counteract the routes of illicit trafficking in cocaine”, which was focused on the fight against drug trafficking and its routes in the Americas.
Representatives from 34 countries in Latin America and Europe today opened this call in which they exchanged experiences on positive practices aimed at ending the routes of illicit drug trafficking.
The meeting brought together 85 experts, responsible for anti-narcotics police units, military and customs officers of the participating countries, local media reported.
Ecuadorian authorities have insisted in recent weeks that the Andean country is not a producer of drugs such as cocaine, but is a point of regional traffic through the sea and river routes adjoining Colombia.
The security situation in the border area with Colombia has worsened following the death of four Ecuadorian soldiers for bombings and the kidnapping of three members of a journalistic team, actions attributed to dissident groups of the FARC linked to the trafficking of drugs. (I)