Month: December 2020

first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2009 Bogotá, July 16 (EFE).- Olivia Solarte, the mother of a police officer kidnapped by the FARC ten years ago, completed a march of more than 550 kilometers asking for the release of her son, Superintendent Jorge Trujillo Solarte, in Bolívar Square in central Bogotá today. Accompanied by her husband and by five retired Colombian army soldiers, the woman in her sixties covered the distance between the municipality of Gamarra, in the Cesar Department in northern Colombia, and the capital in thirteen days, with the hoping to speak to Colombian president Álvaro Uribe in Bogotá, a meeting that could finally take place on Friday. “I am very happy and pleased because now I have reached my goal,” EFE was told by Trujillo’s mother, who suffered from health problems during her journey and who even had to receive treatment at several hospitals along the way, as she disobeyed medical advice to give up her march. She recalled that there were more than a few times that she had to cover stretches of the route in “a police car or hooked up to an oxygen tube,” as she commented. Her march was joined by the parents of other hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), calling for a humanitarian agreement between the government and the guerrilla group for the release of those kidnapped. Solarte expressed confidence that “this outcry will reach the hearts of the guerrillas so that those kidnapped will not die in the jungle any more,” and added, “neither my son nor anyone else.” The marcher explained that her four children “serve their country” and that one of them, a career soldier, was murdered by the FARC in her presence. Same as Gustavo Moncayo, a professor and father of Pablo Emilio Moncayo, a Colombian army corporal kidnapped by the FARC more than eleven years ago, Solarte began her march, “seeing that there was a great deal of silence” around the kidnapping of her son. Trujillo Solarte was kidnapped by the FARC in Puerto Rico (El Meta, in the center of the country) on September 11, 1999, in a rebel attack on a police station. Despite the fact that the officer’s family last received evidence that he was alive six years ago, they know that he is well to some extent, since this was reported by the former governor of El Meta, Alan Jara, his fellow captive until his release in February.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo May 05, 2010 Speaking at the opening of a meeting of Latin American police in the port of Cartagena, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe said that states have the “juridical imperative” to cooperate against crime. “International cooperation against criminality is not a political option; it’s not the object of a discretionary decision by states and governments. It’s an ethical imperative; it’s a juridical imperative,” Uribe asserted upon opening the “Latin American and Caribbean Police Summit.” Uribe, who will end his second term in office on 7 August, thanked the United States for its cooperation, first with Plan Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking and illegal armed groups and now with “the signing of the security agreement.” Through Plan Colombia, Washington has dedicated more than six billion dollars to military aid. In addition, in October the two countries signed a treaty permitting U.S. soldiers to use Colombian bases for operations in the fight against drug trafficking. At the same time, the Colombian defense minister, Gabriel Silva, explained that the meeting in Cartagena (1,090 km north of Bogotá) seeks to strengthen international cooperation and find new ways to combat drug trafficking and terrorism. “Without international cooperation, it’s impossible to defeat transnational crime. Borders cannot separate countries in the duty, in the legal and ethical obligation to confront criminals,” he noted. Delegates from police forces from twenty-four countries in the region are attending the meeting. Panelists at the meeting, which will last until Friday, include delegates from the United Nations (UN), the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo November 09, 2010 The Ecuadorean police seized 2.5 tons of cocaine in an operation in the country’s southwest in which seven Ecuadoreans and two Colombians were detained, the authorities announced. The seizure took place at a spot along the road that connects the provinces of Guayas and Santa Elena, where police personnel intercepted a truck that was transporting the drugs hidden in a cargo of jute. “We’d already been doing intelligence work, so that as soon as they moved, the police intervened once they entered the province of Guayas,” the region’s public prosecutor, Jorge Solórzano, told reporters, indicating that the vehicle had departed from a rural property on the peninsula of Santa Elena. Seven Ecuadoreans and two Colombians – one of whom is believed to be the leader of the gang – were arrested and brought before a judge for arraignment. “The charge against them being that they were caught in the act, I have ordered all those arraigned held without bail,” the judge responsible for setting bail, Víctor Moncada, told the press.last_img read more

first_img The Ecuadorean Armed Forces dismantled 126 clandestine bases of the FARC Colombian guerrilla group during 2010, as part of operations in which three irregulars were killed, according to a report by the institution published on Monday, 17 January. Ecuadorean military personnel destroyed 61 fewer camps than in 2009, but the average number of discoveries in the border region in recent years was maintained, according to the report by the Joint Command, made public by the daily El Universo. The bases were discovered in the provinces of Sucumbíos and Esmeraldas, it added. Last year’s vigilance actions in the 720-km border territory translated into 12 military operations, 207 tactical operations, and 5,687 patrols, in which around seven thousand uniformed personnel participated each month. Three alleged irregulars were killed in these deployments, and another eighteen people were detained. At the same time, five combat engagements took place, eight cocaine-processing laboratories were discovered, and ammunition and explosives were confiscated, the report specified. The commander of Task Force I, Gen. Wagner Bravo, who is responsible for security along the border, affirmed that 2010 was an “effective” year “in military vigilance,” despite the difficulties of the area, the majority of which is jungle. “The border is more than seven hundred kilometers of jungle. We would need to have a soldier for every meter in order to be able to cover it. Nevertheless, (the discoveries) also represent the work of the Armed Forces,” the officer told El Universo. By Dialogo January 18, 2011last_img read more

first_img Chosen the best blocker in the women’s volleyball Super League for 2010/2011, Sergeant Juciely is a confirmed participant at the 5th Military World Games. However, before reporting to the Brazilian military team, the middle blocker has an important commitment. At 31 years old, she was named for the first time to the main Brazilian national team and will compete for the Pan-American Cup in Guadalajara, in Mexico. “Every athlete has the goal of joining the national team. At times, I thought that I was already in my thirties, and I wouldn’t get there. But I never lost hope completely,” she said in an interview with the Super Esportes [Super Sports] Web site. With the proximity of the Pan-American Games, which will also be in Guadalajara, and the London Olympic Games, Sergeant Juciely aspires to consolidate her place on coach José Roberto Guimarães’s team. “Whether I’m going to participate in those competitions, nobody knows. The team has great athletes. I know I have to go after it. Just being here among them is already a big step.” The Pan-American Cup ends on July 9th, one week before the start of the Military World Games. The limited time between the two competitions has not limited the motivation of the athlete from Minas Gerais. “I’m going to participate (in the Military World Games) when I return from Mexico. I even think that this period with the national team may help in the competition at the (Military) Games,” she affirmed. By Dialogo June 24, 2011last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo November 09, 2011 The United States and Bolivia took a first step toward improving relations upon signing a bi-national framework agreement based on “mutual respect” and expressed their desire to see a quick return of their ambassadors to the respective capitals. The agreement “establishes a framework by which the two governments will pursue relations on the basis of mutual respect and shared responsibility,” a joint statement by both Governments indicated. “We look forward to the early return of ambassadors to both Washington and La Paz and to a more productive, collaborative relationship for the benefit of both our peoples,” the statement asserted. The agreement, following almost three years during which the two countries have remained without ambassadors, was signed in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Under Secretary for Global Affairs María Otero and Bolivian Vice Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Alurralde. La Paz and Washington, D.C., have been negotiating this agreement since 2009, after President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. ambassador and the representatives of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in late 2008, accusing them of supporting a supposed plot against him. In retaliation, Washington, D.C., in turn expelled the Bolivian ambassador. Relations between the two countries have remained in a constant state of upheaval since Morales, who has maintained a discourse critical of the U.S. Government, came to power in January 2006. Nevertheless, Morales recently expressed his desire to improve relations. The agreement establishes a bi-national commission and “working-level mechanisms to ensure the effective implementation” of the accord, the statement indicated. The two countries stressed that the strengthening of the bilateral relationship will take place “with respect for sovereign states and their territorial integrity.” The issues on which La Paz and Washington, D.C., want to develop closer ties are sustainable human, economic, social, and cultural development; the fight against drug trafficking; and the development of trade between the two countries. The United States has maintained sporadic anti-drug collaboration with the Bolivian authorities, despite the DEA’s departure from the country, according to official sources.last_img read more

first_img On March 27, the government of the Brazilian state of São Paulo opened a specialized center that expects to offer help to hundreds of drug users, more than two months after the police takeover of “Crackolandia,” the giant neighborhood in the city center known for the use and trafficking of narcotics. In total, the modern complex will provide health care and social and psychological services to over 1,200 people a day, including users and street people. According to Governor Geraldo Alckmin, a separate unit will provide care to at least 300 drug users, especially users of crack or cocaine residue. The facilities include dormitory rooms, a reading room, a game room, and a gardening work area. Slightly over two years before Brazil’s largest city will host the opening match of the 2014 Soccer World Cup, the authorities are seeking to fulfill their promise to aid the population that lives in the streets of “Crackolandia,” which stretches for ten blocks of dilapidated buildings in the heart of the city. “We’re taking another step in the fight against the drug epidemic in the city. ‘Crackolandia’ isn’t gone, but the fight is heading in the correct direction,” the mayor of the city of São Paulo, Gilberto Kassab, was happy to say for his part. President Dilma Rousseff’s administration created a 2.2-billion-dollar fund to invest in prevention plans, medical treatment, and the fight against drug trafficking. For this center, it collaborated with 16.5 million dollars. “Isolated actions in any sector, at any level of government, won’t be successful in combating these epidemics that are contaminating Brazil, our state, our city,” Health Minister Alexandre Padilha said. In January, around 300 Military police occupied “Crackolandia,” with the objective of putting an end to the crack market and removing hundreds of drug addicts, the indigent, and traffickers who occupy its streets. Between 2003 and 2011 the number of cases of chemical dependence in Brazil has multiplied tenfold, striking social groups and regions that had not been affected, Padilha lamented. By Dialogo March 30, 2012last_img read more

first_img Distributors, booksellers, printers, paper manufacturers, graphic designers, providers of publishing services, universities, caricaturists, artists, and government agencies will attend the fair, which is one of the most important literary gatherings in Colombia and Latin America. The Colombian Air Force will also be present with a kiosk promoting its magazine, Revista Aeronáutica. At the same time, the service will present a lecture on Sunday, April 22, on the history of aviation in Colombia. By Dialogo April 18, 2012center_img From April 18 to May 1, 2012, the 25th International Book Fair will be held at the CORFERIAS International Business and Expo Center in Bogotá, Colombia, with Brazil as the guest country. In addition, literary works by more than 4,000 writers from around the world will be on exhibit during the event. last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo March 01, 2013 MIAMI, EE.UU. – Un helicóptero Sea Hawk SH-60B del Escuadrón Antisubmarino Aéreo Ligero 49 se prepara para aterrizar en la cubierta del buque USS Gary el 20 de enero. La embarcación es utilizada en el marco de la Operación Martillo, una misión internacional que reúne a países del Hemisferio Occidental y de Europa en un esfuerzo conjunto para eliminar las rutas del tráfico ilegal en ambas costas del istmo centroamericano. (Cortesía Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EE.UU. – El comandante en jefe del USS Gary, capitán James E. Brown, examina un barco sospechoso el 20 de enero. Casi el 90% de la cocaína que llega a los Estados Unidos ingresa a través de México y Centroamérica, según la Junta Internacional de Control de Estupefacientes de las Naciones Unidas. (Cortesía Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EE.UU. – Un helicóptero Sea Hawk se prepara para despegar de la cubierta de la fragata misilística estadounidense USS Gary para investigar un barco sospechoso que navegaba en aguas internacionales, cerca de la costa de Ecuador el 21 de enero. (Cortesía personal de Diálogo) MIAMI, EE.UU. – La tripulación del USS Gary realiza el mantenimiento diario de un Sistema de Ametralladoras de Fuego Rápido MK 38-25mm el 20 de enero. El buque USS Gary es utilizado en el marco de la Operación Martillo, que decomisó 127 mil toneladas de cocaína y confiscó 56 lanchas rápidas durante su primer año de operaciones, en 2012. (Cortesía Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EE.UU. – La tripulación del USS Gary participa de un simulacro de incendio en el buque el 20 de enero. (Cortesía Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EE.UU. – El armamento más grande del USS Gary es una ametralladora rápida MK 75 calibre 62 de 76mm. El buque USS es utilizado en el marco de la Operación Martillo, una misión internacional que reúne a países del Hemisferio Occidental y de Europa en un esfuerzo conjunto para eliminar las rutas del tráfico ilegal en ambas costas del istmo centroamericano. (Cortesía de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EE.UU. – Los marineros del buque USS Gary y de la Guardia Costera conducen un bote inflable rígido durante una patrulla de rutina el 20 de enero. El USS Gary desempeña un papel integral en las actividades antinarcóticos. Casi el 90% de la cocaína que llega a los Estados Unidos ingresa a través de México y Centroamérica, según la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes de las Naciones Unidas. (Cortesía Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EE.UU. – Los mecánicos del helicóptero Scorpions of Sea Hawk SH-60B del Escuadrón Antisubmarino Aéreo Ligero 49 (HSL) realizan reparaciones en el motor en uno de los hangares del buque USS Gary el 20 de enero. (Cortesía Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EE.UU. – El comandante en jefe del USS Gary, capitán James E. Brown, brinda instrucciones a su tripulación desde el puente el 20 de enero. (Cortesía Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo)last_img read more

first_img One of the Mexican men captured might be connected to the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the largest drug organizations in Mexico, the Ministry said in a statement. Ecuador, traditionally considered a transit country for drugs headed towards the United States and Europe, confiscated about 42 tons of drugs, the majority of which was cocaine, in 2012, compared to 26 tons in 2011, and 18 tons in 2010. By Dialogo May 09, 2013 The vessel sailed through Ecuadorean waters and it could not be reached by the country’s National Navy units, according to the Ministry. Three crew members who identified themselves as Mexican nationals were on board, and set the ship on fire with the drugs on board after being discovered. The seizure might be related to a case of a Mexican-flagged ship that was carrying four tons of cocaine, and which was intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard in international waters near Mexico, according to information given by Ecuador to the DEA. center_img The operation, called ‘Aluvión,’ was carried out in the provinces of Guayas and El Oro – on the Peruvian border – and also produced the arrest of five Ecuadorean nationals and the seizure of $277,000, stated the Ministry of Interior. After operation ‘Aluvión’, which included the seizure of the Mexican vessel with four tons of cocaine, Ecuadorean Minister of Interior José Serrano told the press that his country has seized 15 tons of drugs so far in 2013. On May 7, Ecuadorean authorities seized 457 kg of cocaine, which possibly belonged to the Sinaloa Cartel, during an operation where they arrested four Mexican nationals. last_img read more