Honduras, Costa Rica Agree on Joint Commission against Drug Trafficking

By Dialogo
October 09, 2012

The presidents of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, and Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, agreed to integrate a joint bilateral commission on October 4 to strengthen cooperation mechanisms in security and tourism, the leaders announced after a meeting in San José.

Chinchilla and some of her collaborators welcomed Lobo and a group of ministers from his government at the Foreign Ministry in San José, where the agreement was signed.

“We agreed to strengthen the exchange of information to ensure the success of police and legal operations that involve the people of Honduras and Costa Rica, and the commission of crimes in both countries,” Chinchilla told the press.

“We also want to incorporate other security elements, preventive measures, such as addiction treatment, community participation in procedures for crime prevention, and a very delicate subject in the whole region: penitentiary systems,” stated the Costa Rican president.

Chinchilla insisted that one of the major problems in the region is the “drastic” rise of prison population, fueled by drug trafficking.

“We will exchange experiences with Honduras in this field,” declared Chinchilla, whose government has gained financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank to generate changes in its penitentiary system.

The presidents also analyzed coordination practices for tourism, with the intention of expanding their offers, especially in the area of rural community tourism.

Lobo indicated that the bilateral commission will have its first meeting in the second week of November, even though the host has not yet been defined.