U.S. Anti-drug Czar Meets with Central American Ambassadors

By Dialogo
January 30, 2012

U.S. anti-drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, reiterated his country’s commitment to reducing narcotics use, at a January 25 meeting with the ambassadors of seven Central American countries.

“Strengthening international partnerships is a key component (…), and that involves not only providing assistance (…) but also recognizing our shared responsibility,” Kerlikowske stated.

A wave of violence caused by organized crime has made Central America the most dangerous region without armed conflict in the world.

The countries invited to the meeting in Washington, D.C., were Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Those countries, as well as Mexico, have criticized on numerous occasions the attraction for organized crime represented by the U.S. drug market, the world’s largest.

Washington has promised around 1.6 billion dollars in aid for Mexico, through the so-called Merida Initiative, while the official amount for Central America is 361 million dollars.