Guyana, Brazil armies to tackle cross border crime, illegal mining

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With a strong commitment towards strengthening border security as neighbours with a common frontier, military officers of Guyana and Brazil have commenced discussions at the 24th Regional Meeting of Military Exchange.

The meeting is currently in session in Lethem at the conference room of the Regional Democratic Council, Region 9(Upper Takutu/ Upper Essequibo).

Members of the Guyana and Brazil Defence Forces (Photo: LCPL Randy Deputron of the G9 Branch/October 6, 2021)

The two-day meeting proposes to examine a number of issues including cross border criminal activities, cattle rustling and illegal mining.

This meeting is held yearly and the host is rotated. However, it was not held last year due to the pandemic. Both militaries had agreed to persevere with the exchange this year, which is testimony to the enduring nature of friendship.

Members of the Guyana and Brazil Defence Forces (Photo: LCPL Randy Deputron of the G9 Branch/October 6, 2021)

Brigadier General Adriano Fructuoso Da Costa , Commander of the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade, is heading the Brazilian Delegation while Commandant of the Guyana People’s Militia, Colonel Trevor Bowman is heading the local delegation.

Guyana and Brazil established diplomatic relations 53 years ago. (Guyana Defence Force statement)

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