Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru need an Andean security policy to protect against transnational crimes, Ecuadorean Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin said Wednesday.
“From the Ministry of Defense, I have proposed an Andean security policy be developed, in which both Colombia and Peru can participate,” Jarrin told EFE reporters.
Jarrin said the region struggles with similar threats regardless of international borders and in “crimes along the coast are shielded territorially” within maritime countries.
Jarrin argued that “if there is better coordination among the countries, we would have better actions with intelligence and cooperation to control criminal activities. The initiative was first raised during October’s XIII meeting of America’s defense ministers in Mexico and received the support of Peruvian Minister Jorge Kisic Wagner.
The retired general said although the proposal has yet to be approved by Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, it might be included as part of the VII Binational Cabinet to be held in December on the Galapagos.
“I am going to ask the President of the Republic (Lenin Moreno) to take this case into consideration so that it will be treated as a bi-national agenda item,” Jarrin.
According to recent reports, the Andean region suffers primarily from drug and ammunition trafficking, organized crime, and violence.