Security Ministers from the Northern Triangle Meet in San Salvador

By Dialogo
February 21, 2012

The security and defense ministers of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras met in San Salvador on February 17 to analyze the security strategy that they will promote in the three countries, an official source announced.

“It’s a meeting at which the central topic is the security strategy for the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras),” Justice and Security Ministry spokesperson Manuel Hernández told AFP.

The event was chaired by the Salvadoran security and justice minister, General Davíd Munguía; the Guatemalan interior minister, responsible for security, Mauricio López; and the Honduran security minister, Pompeyo Bonilla.

The three countries’ defense ministers and the directors of their intelligence services also participated, Hernández indicated.

This meeting took place as Honduras is continuing to investigate the disastrous fire that left 355 dead in the overpopulated penitentiary of Comayagua.
Adam Blackwell, the Organization of American States (OAS) secretary for multidimensional security, participated as an observer.

Central America is considered one of the world’s most violent regions and one of those most susceptible to penetration by drug traffickers.

In the last 11 years, around 145,000 people have been murdered, an average annual rate of 34 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world.