Jalkh added that members of the French police are also expected to visit within the next three weeks, “in order to establish dialogue about the sphere of communication and sharing of experience related to the modality of murder for hire.” Colombian intelligence police are advising the Ecuadorean authorities in the fight against murder for hire, a phenomenon associated with the rising death toll in the country, Ecuadorean interior minister Gustavo Jalkh announced Monday. He explained that the agents, who will spend several weeks in the country, “will begin their work in Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador),” the country’s largest city and the one most affected by this phenomenon. By Dialogo June 16, 2010 The experts on “police intelligence are in the country to share their experience related to the control and investigation of murder for hire,” the minister said in an interview with the Andes state news agency. Between January and April of this year 212 murders were recorded in Guayaquil, 64% of which were settlements of accounts among criminal gangs and 11% of which were committed by hired hitmen. The Ecuadorean government announced two weeks ago that it is setting up an elite force to combat drugs and organized crime at the national level.