Switzerland, Colombia agree to boost ties

The Swiss government has approved a treaty signed with Colombia aimed at reinforcing legal assistance and cooperation in criminal matters between the two countries.

This content was published on November 23, 2011 - 11:13

The bilateral treaty is aimed primarily at boosting cooperation between Switzerland and Colombia in relation to drug trafficking, organised crime, money laundering, corruption and terrorism.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the justice ministry said the treaty would “reduce formalities to a minimum” and clearly outline requirements that must be met in order for requests for assistance to be approved.

The ministry said the Colombia treaty was the seventh of its kind signed with a Latin American country and that it would help boost Switzerland’s internal security. The other nations are Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Ecuador.

The treaty has yet to be ratified by parliament.  

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