East Asia, LatAm nations meet on security cooperation
Updated: 2006-02-28 10:01
The fight against terrorism
and drug trafficking topped the agenda of the two-day conference of the East
Asia-Latin America Cooperation Forum that started here on Monday.
In the communique issued on the first day of the gathering, Colombia and
Singapore, the co-chairmen of the conference, said that solidarity and shared
responsibility should be the two guiding principles in fighting international
The 32 nations present at the meeting will also promote exchanges for
journalists and academic activities and the creation of a network of academic
centers studying Latin America.
Carlos Ospina, who is in charge of Asian affairs at Colombia's Foreign
Ministry, said the forum's projects have strengthened trust, cooperation and
relations among the countries.
Ospina said the five-year old forum has helped strengthen political, cultural
and educational links.
The forum groups Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia,
Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, the
Philippines, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar,
Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay,
Venezuela and Vietnam.