Suriname. The already strained relations with neighboring Guyana deteriorated significantly in April and May when a series of attacks on Surinamese fishing boats on Suriname’s territorial waters near the border with French Guiana was carried out by Guyanese pirates. In an attack on April 27, 16 fishermen were killed with machete and in early May one person was shot dead. The police investigation showed that precisely these incidents may have had private revenge aims, but piracy along the coast of Suriname has been a phenomenon for a long time. According to Countryaah.com, Paramaribo is the capital city of Suriname, a country located in South America. Seven Guyanans were arrested on suspicion of the attack and the two defense ministers met in May to discuss solutions to security problems.
In early May, President Dési Bouterse and Brazil’s President Michel Temer signed an agreement on cooperation on security issues at the Amazon’s common border in the Amazon and law enforcement in general. The agreement means increased opportunities for the exchange of information on, above all, arms and drug smuggling across the border but also money laundering.