The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Deputy Defense Minister of the Republic of Colombia, Jorge Enrique Bedoya, with whom he discussed the preparations and themes of the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of Public Security in the Americas (MISPVA IV), to be held on November 21 and 22 in Medellin, Colombia, and other issues of security and defense in the Hemisphere.
During the meeting, Deputy Minister Bedoya reported on the progress in the preparations for the high-level meeting, which aims to "strengthen the bonds of cooperation, coordination and mutual assistance between the institutions responsible for public security of member states in order to reduce violence and organized crime, and to contribute to the maintenance of peace and security of the Hemisphere." in this regard, Secretary General Insulza recalled the importance of this meeting, which was created during the time of his tenure in the OAS, and confirmed his presence at the opening ceremony in Medellin.
The two authorities shared ideas and perceptions about other issues, among them the importance and leading role of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE); the contributions and leadership of AMERIPOL; the challenges and options for increasing the work and sources of financing for the humanitarian demining program lead by the OAS in several countries of the region; and the linkage of the OAS with the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), in accordance with the provisions of the Declaration on Security of the Americas.
The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the OAS, Ambassador Andrés González and the Minister Counselor Germán Espejo, in charge of security and defense issues in the Colombian consulate in Washington, DC.
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