LA PAZ -- Bolivia and Brazil are asking Peru to join them in starting a joint intelligence center to fight organized crime along their common border, said Bolivian Interior Minister Carlos Romero on Monday.
"We have agreed on the urgent need to start a tripartite intelligence center between Bolivia, Brazil and Peru...to principally fight drug trafficking," Romero told the press in La Paz.
According to Romero, the intelligence agency was one of the major conclusions reached on Friday at a high-level meeting between Bolivia and Brazil.
Another deal was struck for the installation of a new radar system in Bolpebra, at the frontier of all three countries, to strengthen air control and surveillance against drug trafficking.
The two countries also agreed to share their criminal record databases and to implement a joint center for the search of illegal funds, an area in which Brazil has extensive experience.
"These are tasks to be implemented at once, which obviously respond to our shared responsibility when dealing with transnational crimes," said Romero.
The deals are reached after Bolivia identified growing operations on its territory by two major Brazilian gangs, Primer Comando Capital (PCC) and Comando Vermelho, which have committed to kidnappings, drug trafficking and illegal arms sales in the frontier regions of Beni, Pando and Santa Cruz.