Mexico and El Salvador Agree to Confront Crimes Affecting Migrants

By Dialogo
January 17, 2011

The governments of Mexico and El Salvador have agreed to “energetically” confront organized crime affecting undocumented migrants from Central America, constant victims of kidnappings and other problems of insecurity, the two sides announced.

Following a meeting, both governments issued a joint declaration in which they committed themselves to “promoting” bilateral cooperation and “joint regional action based on the principle of shared responsibility” in order to “energetically” confront the transnational organized crime that is affecting both countries.

“Migrants’ security and human rights should be independently observed in their migratory situation,” the declaration emphasized.

In the document, both countries rejected anti-immigrant policies and agreed to “redouble” their efforts to prevent and, failing that, fight crimes committed against migrants in their respective territories.

Their foreign ministries will continue to be responsible for managing the political dialogue and creating an “early warning” system with the aim of “getting ahead” of events.

In addition, the two sides “will strengthen” the exchange of information and will coordinate prior notice of operations against organized crime.

Mexico and El Salvador agreed to hold a follow-up meeting on 26 February to evaluate each country’s concrete progress and goals.

The Salvadoran deputy foreign minister, Juan José García, and the security and justice minister, Manuel Melgar, among others, participated in the meeting on 13 January.

On the Mexican side, the deputy secretary of foreign relations for Latin America, Rubén Beltrán Guerrero, and other officials involved with migration issues were present.