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Ecuador and the US sign agreement to fight against transnational crime

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Officials signed the agreement in Quito on Wednesday.
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The agreement will allow “contributing to the creation of control strategies and the implementation of systems to fight crimes and drug trafficking,” as well as the creation of a Transnational Criminal Investigative Units (TCIU).

Quito, April 26 (Andes).- Ecuadorian Interior minister Cesar Navas and US ambassador to this country, Todd Chapman, signed Wednesday a bilateral cooperation agreement to fight against transnational organized crime and drug trafficking.

In a short ceremony in the capital, minister Navas and ambassador Chapman signed the document that will allow “contributing to the creation of control strategies and the implementation of systems to fight crimes and drug trafficking,” as well as the creation of a Transnational Criminal Investigative Units (TCIU).

With the signing of the document, the US government commits to working together with its Ecuadorian counterpart to share information and experiences on drug trafficking, financial crimes, cross-border crimes that are a threat to both nations.

“We’re here to confirm our commitment to fight against our common enemy which is transnational criminal organizations that curb countries’ development,” said Ambassador Chapman in his speech.

He added that the TCIU will contribute to the exchange of information and bilateral investigation of violations; it will help counteract money laundering, drug and gun trafficking, copyright violations, among others.

The US official affirmed that transnational crime “does not know borders” and that cooperation among all countries is necessary to fight against it, to tackle a business that moves 2,3 trillion dollars a year.

“Fighting transnational organized crime is one of the main priorities of the US government,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian minister explained that the signing of this agreement was being prepared for a long time since it is necessary to work together with nations with capacities in the technological and cooperation areas.

“We are facing a situation we did not experience in the border before. Our request is for everyone to get together leaving political, personal, economic interests behind (…) we all need to be united. If a country believes it can solve it alone, it’s wrong,” he went on to say.

He explained that in the following days, the country will sign similar agreements with other countries like Mexico, Spain, Great Britain, among others.

Chapman also expressed his solidarity with Ecuador for the death of seven Ecuadorians in the border area.

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