El Salvador to End 2012 with 50% Reduction of Homicide Rate due to Truce

By Dialogo
December 14, 2012

The 2012 homicide rate in El Salvador will be reduced to almost half, compared to 2011, thanks to the truce between the main gangs in the country, confirmed Deputy Minister of Justice and Public Security Douglas Moreno this December 12 in Washington, D.C.

Since a truce was reached in March, the homicide rate in the country fell from an average of 14 to only five per day, hence “closing the year with 2,000 homicides less, compared to 2011,” Moreno said during an event at the World Bank.

Last year, the homicide rate reached 4,300.

Moreno insisted that the government of Mauricio Funes has not been involved in the negotiations between the gangs Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18. “We have not stopped abiding by the law, so gang arrests continue,” he confirmed.

However, the executive has not “turned away” from the process, and continues the plans to create educational and employment opportunities for the young, he stated.

“This is like being an expert in deactivating bombs. The expert must have the right timing, not too early, not too late; this is a bomb with which we will work day by day in order to deactivate it,” he said, while calling for embracing the process that has allowed a large decrease in violence.

“This process is unique. If we let it go, we will not get it back,” the Deputy Minister said, during the event about cooperation of the private sector in the security plans for Central America.