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posted Sep 2, 2015, 11:36 AM by Jid Webmaster   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 8:03 AM ]

Between Friday 21st and Sunday August 23rd 2015, the President of the Concil of Delegates of the Inter-American Defense Board IADB Vice Admiral Gonzalo Rios Polastri was part of the Secretary General of the OAS Ambassador Luis Almagro visit to Colombia, framed on the peace process carried out in this country.

In the specific area of ​​the IADB linked to humanitarian demining, Valm Rios met with officials of the Directorate for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (Colombian government, DAICMA) and the Comprehensive Action Program against Antipersonnel Mines of the OAS (AICMA -OAS), in order to optimize performance and tasks assigned to the Inter-American Monitors Group (GMI) of the Inter-American Defense Board, deployed in Colombia since 2004. Similar coordination was made with the Army of Colombia for the performance of the Technical Advisory Group (GAT) of the IADB to develop training activities with them.

Additionally, the President visited Military Fort Tolemaida with Commander of the Military Forces of Colombia General Juan Pablo Rodriguez in order to internalize the projections and Colombian military capabilities in humanitarian assistance for natural disasters and operations of humanitarian demining, among others.

The topics are part of the tasks that the IADB advises to the OAS permanent member countries and its advisory and facilitator role in military affairs.

Finally, a working visit to the General Commander of the National Army of Colombia Major General Alberto Mejia Ferrero, who currently is in charge of the Conference of American Armies (CEA), to share the work being done by the Board in its held facilitator role on issues related to military and defense issues, in order to achieve efficient  information exchange between the military Hemispheric Conference with the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas organized by the Ministry of Security Trinidad and Tobago.