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World Cup 2014: Brazil to launch major anti-crime operation

The South American country is aiming to curb trafficking along its borders before next summer’s Confederations Cup.

Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim (file photo).
Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim (file photo).
Image: Eraldo Peres/AP/Press Association Images

BRAZIL SAYS ITS armed forces would launch a large-scale anti-crime border operation next year ahead of the Confederations Cup.

Operation Agata will involve some 20,000 personnel from the navy, army and air force shortly before the Confederations Cup, a mini dress rehearsal for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, gets under way next June.

Defense Minister Celso Amorim said the seventh edition of Operation Agata would be timed so as not to interfere with the anticipated large influx of tourists.

The objective of the exercise is to curb illegal trafficking in arms, drugs and goods along Brazil’s extensive borders.

Operation Agata is part of a strategic border control plan announced by President Dilma Rousseff in June 2011.

Brazil has 16,000 kilometres (10,000 miles) of borders with Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela and French Guiana.

Eight continental champions will take part in the Confederations Cup tournament, to be staged in six Brazilian host cities from June 15 to 30.

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