LA PAZ, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Bolivia, Brazil and Peru plan to forge a trilateral deal to fight cross-border drug trafficking, production and shipping, Bolivia's Interior Minister Carlos Romero said Thursday.
Romero said the main goal was to bolster the joint anti-drug fight to prevent Bolivia from being used as a transit for drugs, mostly headed to Brazil and Europe.
As much as 60 percent of the cocaine seized in Brazil originates from Peru and is shipped through Bolivia, he added.
The agreement will be finalized before a November meeting of the Southern Common Market in Brasilia, according to authorities of the three South American countries.
It is essential to hold a trilateral meeting to coordinate interdiction actions against drug trafficking and improve the exchange of information between anti-narcotics forces in the three countries, Romero said.
Under a bilateral deal, Brazil will donate four H-1H helicopters to Bolivia to facilitate air patrols to detect clandestine cocaine labs, landing strips and coca fields. Two were delivered last week, and the remaining two are to be delivered in November.