Central American Presidents Seek Funds to Combat Drug Trafficking
By Dialogo March 23, 2012
In Guatemala on March 24, the Central American presidents will analyze progress on the regional security plan they approved eight months ago to combat drug trafficking and how to obtain the 320 million dollars needed for its implementation, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said.
“Saturday [March 24], we’ll be discussing that plan,” which calls for 22 projects to strengthen police forces and armies and make an impact on society, Ortega affirmed after receiving the Army’s annual report at an event in Managua.
The region currently has only 70 million dollars, for which reason “the next step that we have to debate in Guatemala is what we’re going to do” with the countries that promised to support the plan during the regional meeting in Guatemala last June, in order to obtain the remaining 230 million, he added.
The international community promised “to support the Central American region, which is a victim of the consumers in the United States, Canada, and of large-scale producers who are in the south, in Colombia,” Ortega affirmed.
The president referred to the special fund of 2 billion dollars that the international community agreed to finance for the region, 320 million of which is needed immediately.