OAS and El Salvador Agree on Security Assistance Mission

By Dialogo
April 10, 2013

On April 8, the Organization of American States (OAS) and El Salvador agreed to establish a security assistance mission to help maintain the truce between criminal gangs in the Central American country, which has led to a sharp decline in homicide rates.

David Munguía, Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security, signed the agreement with OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, the regional institution reported.

“About a year ago, the city of San Salvador was ranked third among the most violent cities worldwide, and now it is no longer on the list,” Insulza said after signing the agreement.

The OAS Secretary General took an active role in achieving the truce between Salvador’s two main maras, MS-13 and the 18th Street gang (Barrio 18), when he traveled to the Central American nation to sign the agreement last July.