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WorldThe wave of violence in Ecuador drives regional collaboration against organized crime

The wave of violence in Ecuador drives regional collaboration against organized crime

The wave of violence promoted by organized crime in Ecuador, especially in the port city of Guayaquil, has promoted collaboration between the member countries of the Andean Community, they agreed this Sunday on the creation of a 24/7 Andean Security Networkwhose objective is to share information related to organized criminal activity in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

The agreement was one of the main points of an extensive Resolution Action Plan (PAR), approved within the framework of an extraordinary meeting of the Andean Council of Foreign Ministers to which the foreign ministers of the member countries attended with the idea of ​​seeking “concrete and effective” agreements to jointly fight organized crime and transnational crime in the region.

The 24/7 Andean Security Network will have a regular point of contact and an alternate point of contact designated by each country to guarantee attention to this information 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, as specified in the approved document.

The organization, on the other hand, will provide and receive information “on the activity of criminal groups that have, or could become transnational operational and carry out activities that threaten public security in the territories of two or more participating member countries or in their border crossings”. In addition, it will be immediately alerted “about relevant acts perpetrated by transnational criminal groups”, even if they have been committed within a single participating country.

The Andean Network will also allow police, military and national security authorities and agents, in accordance with the regulations of each participating country, to have information on transnational criminal groups. The activities of these networks “must respect the national laws and policies of each country,” states the founding document of an organization that will operate in the first quarter of this year.

More than 2,700 detainees in Ecuador

A total of 2,763 people, according to the latest report published by the Government of Ecuador on police and military operations against organized crime, have been detained throughout the country since thirteen days ago Daniel Noboa declared an “internal armed conflict”, where 22 gangs have come to be considered terrorist groups.

Between January 9 and 21, Ecuadorian authorities also claim to have killed five alleged members of these gangs, while two police officers were murdered and another eleven were freed in kidnappings apparently carried out by these mafias.

During that period, 1,003 firearms, 1,222 bladed weapons, 126 gun feeders, more than 35,700 bullets and 4,802 explosives have been seized. Ecuadorian law enforcement forces have also seized more than 10,500 kilograms of drugs and more than $23,100 in cash.

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