Mourão says Bolsonaro authorized a new military operation in the Amazon

Since 2019, two Armed Forces operations in the Amazon, called Verde Brasil 1 and 2, have been authorized

the vice president Hamilton Mourao said today (11) that the president Jair Bolsonaro authorized a new operation of the Armed forces to combat environmental crimes in the region of Amazon.

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“I spoke with the president yesterday. He authorized it. We are closing the plan”, said Mourão this morning, when asked by journalists on his arrival at the Planalto Palace. The vice president heads the National Council for the Legal Amazon, which, among other matters, deals with the fight against environmental crimes in the Amazon region.

The cost of the new operation, which should last two months, is R$ 50 million, said Mourão. He added that he had already talked to Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, who would have guaranteed the resources. The start of the mission should take place, “in principle”, as early as next week, added the vice president.

Since 2019, two Armed Forces operations have been authorized in the Amazon, called Verde Brasil 1 and 2. The most recent of them ended in April. The idea is for the new operation to last two months, said Mourão. Mission planning is the responsibility of the Ministry of Defense, which must define the area of ​​action of the military.

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Mourão said that alignment with environmental agencies is also necessary. “I need Ibama [Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis]and ICMBio [Instituto Chico Mendes de Preservação da Biodiversidade] come together, because otherwise they won’t be successful,” he said.

For the Guarantee of Law and Order (GLO) operation with the Armed Forces in the Amazon to be carried out, publication in the Official Diary of the Union presidential decree authorizing the measure.

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