Peru and Ecuador will work together toward peaceful, integrated border



José Antonio García Belaunde. (Photo: Jack Ramón/Andina)

Peru and Ecuador reached an agreement in Quito this week to accelerate the process of removing mines along the border between the two countries and to execute a plan of action to cut down on narco- and human trafficking and contraband.

After taking part in the third annual coordination and political consult meeting “2+2,” involving the ministers of foreign relations and defense of both countries, Peru’s foreign minister José Antonio García Belaunde said he was “satisfied” with Ecuador’s reciprocation of efforts to consolidate peace and integration. Ecuador chancellor Ricardo Patiño emphasized that the meeting analyzed issues of interest to both countries, such as border crossings, contraband and bilateral cooperation.

In a joint statement, representatives announced that to accelerate the removal of mines along the border, they would seek to unite a group of international donors in the last trimester of 2011, in an attempt to solicit contributions to the process. The two countries also committed to the fight against trans-border delinquency through initiating a program of joint action against border crimes and criminals.