Colombia’s armed forces are developing a plan to improve border security in 2009, Caracol Radio reported Friday.
According to the radio station, the development of the strategy is led by armed forces chief general Freddy Padilla and supported by Israeli intelligence.
The preparations of the confidential operation are being made with the help of all regional commanders of the security forces and aim to come up with a system that will be able to monitor guerrilla or paramilitary movement close to the border.
A quick reaction force should be able to be deployed in case of disturbances close or on one of the country’s borders.
Colombia’s borders are increasingly frequented by illegal armed groups that use the generally remote areas to regroup and transport arms and drugs.
The crossing of the border by illegal armed groups also has led to tensions with neighbors Ecuador and Venezuela. The neighbors say right wing paramilitary forces are causing trouble on their side of the border, while Colombia has said the countries are harboring left wing guerrillas.