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Minister of Defence attends Central American Security Conference in Mexico

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017. 9:58 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: According to a Government of Belize press release, the Minister of Defence, John Saldivar along with the Commander of the Belize Defence Force, BGEN David Jones, and Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, RADM John Borland are attending the 2017 Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Co-hosted by the United States and Mexico, the conference brought chiefs of defense and ministers of defense from Central America, and observers from Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Great Britain.

Public security representatives from Panama and Costa Rica are also attending the event.

This year’s conference is focusing on various security and Defence objectives including:

–      To generate an interactive dialogue between the civil and military authorities of Central America in relation to regional and transnational threat networks

–      To present successful strategies and lessons learned in support of public safety and its impact on regional security

–      To identify obstacles to regional security and strengthen efforts of cooperation that will overcome them.

According to the release, an opportunity was taken for yet another tri-partite meeting between BDF Commander BGEN Jones, Guatemalan Chief of Defence Staff General Carlos Eduardo Perez and Commander SOUTHCOM Navy Admiral Curt Tidd to discuss the ongoing cooperation between Belizean and Guatemalan armed Forces along our shared borders.

This year, the conference is being held under the theme, “COOPERATION INITIATIVES TO STRENGTHEN REGIONAL SECURITY” and the aim of CENTSEC 2017 is to analyze current security threats within the Central American region and to establish the views and roles of the participating countries.

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