Brazil guarantees efficient security plan for 2014

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- The Brazilian government says authorities will have an efficient security plan in place for the 2014 World Cup.

Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardoso said Thursday in an interview with Brazilian radio stations that "the 2014 World Cup will be a very safe event."

He said the government "is developing a public safety plan" that will be unveiled "soon."

A United Nations report says Brazil has the third-highest murder rate in South America with 22.7 killings per 1,000 citizens, behind only Venezuela and Colombia.