Central America and Cooperating Countries Review Security Aid to the Region
By Dialogo February 02, 2012
Central American technical experts concluded a meeting in Honduras with representatives from other countries and international organizations to define aid programs in the security area for the region.
The meeting was organized by Honduras, which is serving as president pro tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), and was a follow-up to the meeting held in El Salvador in November.
At that meeting, SICA evoked the need for a “regional security strategy” and called on the international community to support Central America with financial and technological resources and training to fight drug trafficking and organized crime.
On behalf of the Group of Friends, Spaniard national Ignacio Nicolau declared that they were in Honduras “precisely to define the commitments of each of the contributors and friends of this strategy.”
The regional security strategy “will promote the efforts that we Central Americans have been making in the fight against insecurity in a tangible way and in response to the growth of organized crime,” Honduran Foreign Minister Salomé Castellanos said.
Drug trafficking is at the root of a large part of the high levels of violence and insecurity experienced by Central America.
In 2010, Honduras recorded the world’s highest homicide rate, 82 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations.