Honduras and OAS Secretary General discuss security cooperation

By Dialogo
March 23, 2012

On March 22, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General José Miguel Insulza welcomed Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales to discuss the spike of violence in the country, as a consequence of organized crime.

“Honduras’s efforts in the area of security, justice, and human rights should continue to be supported by the international community,” Insulza said in a statement released by his office.

According to the United Nations, organized crime and drug trafficking have made Central America the most violent region in the world, and Honduras has the highest homicide rate.

The OAS will sign an agreement with Honduras to cooperate with the recently created Public Safety Reform Commission, tasked with purging the police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the judicial branch.

“It’s very important for us to continue to be able to rely on the support of the OAS, as an impartial observer, to assure that the processes are effective and transparent,” Foreign Minister Corrales said.

On March 21, the OAS submitted a report to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo with 54 recommendations for improving the institutions responsible for security and justice in the country, the statement indicated.