Both the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense for Bolivia and Paraguay signed a bilateral agreement yesterday during the fourth session of the “Two-Plus-Two Dialogue,” a summit on smuggling, drug and arms trafficking between the two nations.
According to the Bolivian publication La Razon, Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra called for an increase in joint civil and military actions to facilitate the relationship between units at the border.
The announcement comes six months after the mysterious disappearance of William Rosales, a Paraguayan druglord, which highlighted the level of international criminal infiltration in this small Andean country. Rosales was reportedly kidnapped by a former Colombian police captain working for his rivals after a shootout between his Serbian bodyguards and Colombian hit men. Earlier this year La Razon reoprted that Santa Cruz Governor-elect Ruben Costas expressed concern that Colombians, Russians and Brazilians are operating in the region.