Salvadoran President to Ask UN for Support to Combat Crime

By Dialogo
September 06, 2012

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, will ask the international community for support to fight organized crime in Central America, during his speech on September 25 at the UN, reported an official source.

“During his speech, the President will discuss the regional security strategy that includes combating drug trafficking and organized crime in general,” disclosed David Rivas, the secretary of communications for the presidency, to AFP.

Rivas added that Funes considers that “States alone and acting independently, cannot effectively combat organized crime and they need international aid.”

Central America, one of the most violent regions in the world, drives a security strategy that was designed in Guatemala a year ago with the support of the international community to fight crime.

Official data indicates that 87% of the drugs to the United States pass through Central America and the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) operated by mafia groups, which have elevated crime rates.

At the UN, Funes will also discuss the reduction of violence in El Salvador, derived from a truce between two rival gangs, which since March 9 has reduced the average daily killings from 14 to 5.5.

Funes is scheduled to travel to the UN headquarters on September 24, accompanied by Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez and other officials.