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Peru aims to fight maritime drug trafficking

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Peru’s government has announced it is aiming to strengthen maritime surveillance work, as part of the country’s fight against drug trafficking.

On Monday Carmen Masias, head of Devida – the country’s anti-drug commission, said the country was working to provide the nation’s Coast Guard with modern tools to aid in their surveillance of the Peruvian coast.

"Remember we have 3,500 kilometers of coastline in Peru and we also have rivers and lakes,” Masias was quoted as saying by state news agency Andina.

“We must therefore work to strengthen the work done by the Navy’s Coast Guard,” she added.

Masias made the statements during the 12th Multilateral Maritime Drug Summit, in Lima, and said Peruvian authorities were prepared to sign an agreement with the United Nations, which would aim to strengthen maritime drug control in the country.

"We must act on all fronts, and allies like the United Nations and USAID (United States Agency for International Development) are really important," she added.

Peru’s government has announced it is aiming to strengthen maritime surveillance work, as part of the country’s fight against drug trafficking.

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