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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Call to Confront Delinquency in Ecuador

Quito, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian government minister, Gustavo Larrea, called to boost national security to confront delinquency and growing citizen insecurity.

The government is studying measures to lower delinquency and does not rule out a state of emergency, Larrea stressed.

The official called for a greater commitment of law enforcement with the community, since "security involves everyone." He added that it is also necessary to combat police corruption, improve quality of life and salaries of officers.

He announced the creation an organized crime prevention unit and strengthening investigation work since kidnapping is on the rise as well as extortion and crime contracts.

Larrea said some crimes here are organized in Colombia, explaining "We have the backlashes, undoubtedly, as a result of conflict with the northern neighbor."

He concluded that, in spite of current problems, 46 criminal gangs were dismantled in the past few months and 1,600 weapons confiscated.

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