Delegations from Bolivia and Chile set a 30-day deadline to work on migration policies, contraband and stolen vehicles

Delegations from Bolivia and Chile set a 30-day deadline to work on migration policies, contraband and stolen vehicles

July 12, 2023, 10:50 PM

July 12, 2023, 10:50 PM

This Wednesday a coordination meeting was held in the city of Iquique between the authorities of Bolivia and Chile, to address different problems that occur on the border, mainly for the continuous car thefts and transnational crimes.

Both delegations determined set a 30-day term to work on immigration policies, flow of people and smuggling.

In addition, they agreed meet again in 15 days, this time in Boliviain order to sign a new instrument that allows online information on stolen vehicles in Chile and thus be able to carry out operations throughout the national territory to identify which vehicles are being sold with reports of international theft.

The Minister of Government, Eduardo Del Castillo, who led the delegation Bolivian government, affirmed that the bilateral meeting allowed the interests of the Chilean and Bolivian people to win over the bureaucracy.

“This will allow us not only to generate the work of the Bolivian Police in a better way, but will also help to reduce the criminal organization within the Republic of Chile, it will mitigate the effects of vehicle theft in this sister country”, he stated after the end of the meeting.

Asked by the Chilean media about the mechanisms used by the Bolivian government to stop the purchase of cheap cars in Bolivia, Del Castillo replied that the sharing of information with Chile will assist operatives in real time in order to return the tool to its true owners.

For his part, Manuel Monsalve, Undersecretary of the Interior of the Republic of Chile, expressed that the main concern of both territories is security, which has motivated the meeting, which he described as positive.

This meeting takes place after three Chilean citizens were attacked in the municipality of Challapata, Oruro, with gunshots when they found the truck that had been stolen from them in their country. One of those projectiles hit Mario Bello Marañao’s spine.

According to the Vehicle Search Group (GBV) of Chile, Some 5,000 cars stolen in his country would be in Bolivian territory.

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