Peru, Colombia seek to improve life of border communities

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-2-12 10:51:46

Colombia and Peru are making efforts to improve life of border communities in the Amazonian region, an official with the Colombian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Francisco Coy Granados, director of Territorial Sovereignty and Border Development of Colombia, said in the Peruvian border town of Iquitos that the two sides have tabled several projects including computer-aided long-distance medical treatment for people in the Putumayo River basin, as well as food security and fish farming.

At a meeting of the Binational Technical Committee on Border Development and Integration, Coy urged local governments to promote sustainable projects that could bring greater benefit to the border communities of both nations.

Feliz Denegri, Coy's Peruvian counterpart, said the Peruvian government is working on strengthening towns along the border with Colombia in the Amazon region, where the presence of government institutions had been week due to their size and lack of access.

"We can do it better if we work together with Colombia, with whom we share common problems," the Peruvian official said.

Denegri also proposed the two nations adopt security measures to fight organized crime and other problems that afflict both countries.

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