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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019. 7:28 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  This week, representatives from 31 countries from Latin America and Europe were in Belize for a high-level two-day conference on Citizen Security.

The conference, which was held at the Best Western Belize Plaza on Wednesday and Thursday was the third  and final activity mandated under Chapter 10 of the Action Plan and involved for the first time civil society and local governments.

According to the Government of Belize, the participating nations discussed topics such as police and border control cooperation, criminal investigation and intelligence sharing as well as the role of local governments and civil society in enhancing citizen security.

“The workshop concluded with both regions recognizing the need to continue strengthening their cooperation on citizen security, and noting keenly, the unique forum bi-regional workshops like these provide for the exchange of best practices,” GOB said.

Pablo Wiel, one of the organizers of the event told Breaking Belize News that the participants met as a whole group in the mornings and then broke off into three clusters for discussions and brainstorming in the afternoon. At the end of the events, all participants agreed on the key areas that need to be addressed through further collaboration, but will also prepare individual reports for their respective countries.

He noted that many of the issues could not be discussed at length with the media due to security reasons.


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