Salvadoran and Honduran Ministers Coordinate Fight Against Crime

By Dialogo
November 29, 2011

The security ministers of El Salvador, General David Munguía Payés, and Honduras, Pompeyo Bonilla, met on Salvadoran territory on November 27 to discuss measures to confront organized crime, including the region’s feared gangs, official sources announced.

The meeting, held at the El Salvador’s international airport, 44 km southeast of the capital, had the objective of “coordinating actions,” especially in the so-called Northern Triangle region (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras), where the homicide rate is the highest in Central America, Bonilla explained.

For Bonilla, security conditions are “deteriorating” in the Central American region, for which reason he noted, looking ahead, that “we have to face up to things very decisively, very responsibly” on the level of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

One of the measures in which coordination is being sought is the “alignment” of laws that can make it possible to fight crime “more successfully.”

“Only peoples that have security, that can live in peace, generate and attract investment, and investment are the only thing that can provide jobs and generate wealth for redistribution among peoples,” Bonilla said.

For his part, General Munguía Payés, who was sworn in as the new Salvadoran Security Minister, declared that one of the issues also raised on November 27 was the movement of gang members and drug traffickers from one country to another.

“We’ve reached the conclusion that the issue of drug trafficking, and especially the retail drug trade and gangs, is the factor that generates the most violence in the Northern Triangle, and one of the measures that we’ve thought about is that this issue should be addressed (…) with special laws, and we’re thinking about aligning these laws within SICA,” Munguía Payés added.