Technical Teams Will Promote Execution of Security Plans for Central America

By Dialogo
January 31, 2012

Technical teams from Central American countries met in Honduras on January 30 with experts from other countries and international organizations in order to promote the execution of joint plans for regional security.

“In the context of Honduras’s term as president pro tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA) during the first half of 2012 in the area of regional security, implementation of the Central American Security Strategy will begin,” a statement by the Honduran foreign ministry noted.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Conchita Motoya told AFP that along those lines, representatives of the SICA member countries have been meeting in Honduras at the working-group level since January 27, while delegates from other countries and international organizations cooperating with the region are expected to join them for three days starting on January 30.

The statement specified that during the meeting, “a series of working sessions will be held, with the aim of promoting dialogue among the countries of SICA and the Group of Friendly Countries and International Organizations regarding the first eight projects selected by the Central American Security Commission in November 2011.”

During a meeting held in San Salvador, the members of SICA called on the international community to support Central America with financial and technological resources and training to confront drug trafficking and organized crime.

They also noted the need to strengthen the institutions responsible for applying the law as a fundamental element of the security strategy.

The Central American Security Strategy Group of Friendly Countries and International Organizations is made up of the United States, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Spain, Chile, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Japan, England, Israel, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Central American Economic Integration Bank (BCIE), the World Bank, the United Nations (UN), and the Organization of American States (OAS).