Colombia and Honduras Agree to Fight Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

By Dialogo
February 17, 2010

Colombia and Honduras made a commitment on Monday to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, through an agreement signed in Bogotá by the security minister of the Central American country, Óscar Álvarez, and the foreign minister of the host nation, Jaime Bermúdez. Upon signing the document, Álvarez thanked President Álvaro Uribe’s Colombian administration for its recognition of the administration of President Porfirio Lobo, following the elections called in the wake of the 28 June coup d’état that removed Manuel Zelaya from power. Uribe visited Tegucigalpa on 30 January and met with Lobo, to whom he expressed his support. “I bring the thanks of President Porfirio Lobo for having recognized his administration after the democratic and historic elections held in our country, something that encourages us to establish trade relations with Colombia and to begin a frontal assault on international crime, on drug trafficking and terrorism,” Álvarez said. For his part, the Colombian foreign minister highlighted the signed agreement as an “expression that shows interest, concern, efficacy, and execution on sensitive matters for the good of that country, for the good of our country, and for the good of the region.” The foreign minister also said that Colombia also wants to work with Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, and the countries of the Caribbean in this field.