Joint Statement of the U.S.-Colombia Security Cooperation Coordinating Group
The Governments of the Republic of Colombia and the United States of America reaffirmed their strategic partnership during a meeting of the Security Cooperation Coordinating Group (SCCG) on August 27.
This meeting was co-chaired by William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and Colombian Vice Minister of Defense Jorge Enrique Bedoya Vizcaya. This was the third session of the SCCG, which is a component of the bilateral High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue (HLSSD), which took place in Bogota on February 23, 2012 to develop strategic mechanisms for further security cooperation and coordination. In response to continued concerns about organized crime threats to citizen security in the Western Hemisphere, Presidents Obama and Santos agreed on the margins of the VI Summit of the Americas in Colombia in April 2012 to broaden the decades-long U.S.-Colombian security partnership and to formalize security cooperation activities.
During today’s meeting, the SCCG endorsed the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Regional Security Cooperation for 2014, which will be presented for approval at the next HLSSD. As part of U.S.-Colombian joint efforts to enhance coordination in 2014, both countries agreed to implement additional joint priority initiatives and expand the Action Plan.
The SCCG is composed of U.S. and Colombian officials from several government agencies who seek to develop complementary security assistance programs to support partner nations afflicted by the effects of transnational organized crime. The group also engages in a strategic dialogue about the future of U.S.-Colombian cooperation.