Minister Pinzón Issues Call for Joint and Coordinated Work in the Fight against Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo February 21, 2012 At the opening of a preparatory meeting in advance of the meeting of defense, interior, and justice ministers of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) that will be held in Cartagena in May of this year, Colombian Minister of National Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón called for work on making joint decisions in order to confront transnational crime. In his address, Minister Pinzón indicated that the assembly of Unasur ministers is the appropriate place for discussion, where the countries that make up the group can take action in common to confront problems such as transnational crime. “It’s appropriate to make joint decisions, because it’s necessary to identify our shared problems, and on that basis, try to establish joint agendas and work plans that can enable us to better confront the challenges our peoples face in the area of security and the fight against crime,” he affirmed. In the same way, he affirmed that the Unasur nations must find practical routes that can enable them to confront transnational crime. “Confronting the worldwide problem of drugs, the trafficking of arms and explosives, human trafficking, the trafficking of migrants, the corruption generated by these illicit activities, money laundering, kidnapping, cybercrime, and criminal gangs, as well as rejecting the presence of irregular armed groups in our countries” were the crimes noted by Minister Pinzón that should be taken into account at the upcoming May meeting. He also noted that “transnational crime does not respect borders, but instead takes advantage of the constitution of each of our nations, of the rule of law, in order to camouflage itself among the citizens in order to try to engage in social control, to try to mobilize its own interests; this is why it’s so important that as representatives of states, of brother states, we work jointly and in coordination in order to prevent crimes of this kind from prospering in the region.” Finally, the minister noted that what Colombia is offering to the 12 Latin American countries that make up Unasur at this meeting is the country’s experience in the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism, and criminal gangs. “We’re ready to offer this experience, this history,” the minister specified.last_img read more

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Blues pay tribute to Lampard

first_imgFrank Lampard will leave Chelsea with plaudits from the club he served with such aplomb for 13 years ringing in his ears. Lampard gave no immediate indication as to what the future might hold, instead choosing to thank those who helped him make such a success of his Stamford Bridge career. Lampard said: “When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success. “This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity. Firstly, Ken Bates, who put his neck on the line to sign me as a young player and without him I would not have even begun this experience. “Roman Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone. “All the managers and coaches who have helped me develop my game during the time I have been here. I have learnt from every one of them. “All the brilliant team-mates who I have been lucky enough to train and play alongside for so long. Not just their football qualities but also the friendships I have gained along the way. “I’d also like to give a special mention to all the staff and people behind the scenes at the club who do not receive the glory but without them the club would simply not function. “The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.” Press Association It concluded: “That Lampard has won more international caps while playing for Chelsea than anyone else in our history only strengthens the argument that he is one of the very greatest players to have represented the club. “Any Chelsea supporter who has had the good fortune to watch Super Frank Lampard in full flow will know we have never seen his like in our midfield before, and we will be very blessed to again see his equal.” Lampard is currently with the England squad at their pre-World Cup camp in Miami and could face the media ahead of England’s Wednesday friendly against Ecuador. While a move away from the top-level European game has been mooted – with New York City FC said to be leading the race for his signature – his international team-mates are convinced he still has much to give. Fellow England midfielder James Milner said: “He’s not finished yet. He’s still got that quality and still has the goals, so I am sure he’ll have plenty of offers and he will choose what is right. “Players have ups and downs in their career, but every season he delivers and the example is set for the younger players coming in. “Since I’ve been in the England squad he’s been a top player, a top pro and that’s exactly what we need going into a major tournament.” Goalkeeper Petr Cech was the first of Lampard’s Chelsea team-mates to pay tribute, posting a picture of the two of them on Twitter with the message: “It has been a privilege to have played with a true cfc legend and one of the most influential PL players ever”. The 35-year-old confirmed in a statement on Monday evening that he had played his last game for the Blues and will seek a new challenge after the World Cup. Chelsea responded by issuing a lengthy tribute on the club’s official website which finished by hailing the midfielder as one of their finest players of all time. last_img read more

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Jones positive about title hopes

first_img Press Association United have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this summer, signing four new players and offloading some dead wood. Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin have all arrived at Old Trafford in the close season and more signings could follow. Phil Jones is optimistic about Manchester United’s chances of winning the Barclays Premier League this coming season. Whether Real are still interested in De Gea remains to be seen, however, as the Spanish giants re-signed Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla on Friday. If Ramos does move to United, that will impact directly upon Jones, of course. Van Gaal finally gave the former Blackburn defender a regular starting-place towards the end of last season alongside Chris Smalling, but he is not concerned about Ramos’ potential arrival at Old Trafford. “I have said that all along competition is healthy, it’s good for players,” the 23-year-old said when asked about the possible impact of a new centre-back. “If one person is doing well it makes the other person do well and that is exactly what you need – especially at Man Utd. “We are always going to sign top players. “There is always that standard that you have got to reach and you have to maintain it. This is a top club. “It’s up to the manager who plays week-in week-out. I am just going to try to do my best and hopefully that will be good enough to cement a starting place.” The fact that United have signed two holding midfielders also reduces the likelihood of Jones being asked to play out of position. “Thankfully we have signed a few midfielders so maybe you won’t see me in there,” the defender said with a chuckle. The hard work will continue for the rest of the weekend before United fly to San Jose for the second leg of their tour, which begins with a match against San Jose Earthquakes at the Avaya Stadium on Tuesday. “We are doing double sessions every day to make sure our fitness levels are at their peak ready for the start of the season,” said Jones, who signed a new four-year contract at United last month. “It’s part and parcel of pre-season. “This is what we come on tour for – to train in this humidify and climate and hopefully that will help us at the start of the season.” Jones and his team-mates fell 17 points short of league winners Chelsea last year, but with the new additions on board, the England defender feels the club are in a good position to challenge for the title this term. “That’s the aim (to win the league),” Jones said after United’s pre-season victory over Club America in Seattle on Saturday morning. “That’s what we want to be able to do. We have the squad now to be able to do that and there is no reason why we can’t.” Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward confirmed he has a list of players he could bid for if manager Louis van Gaal feels further new faces are required to achieve that aim. “Essentially there is [a physical list of names] because we track everything. That’s what the scouting team does,” said Woodward, who flew home on Saturday but will return to the United States for the third game of the tour against Barcelona in San Jose on July 25. “It’s relentless because you’re immediately focused on the next [signing].” If Woodward and Van Gaal get their way, Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos will be the next man through the door at Old Trafford. United are understood to be willing to do a swap deal for the defender in return for David de Gea, who has been linked with a move to the 10-time European champions. last_img read more

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