U.S. funds 3 Honduran Naval bases
By Dialogo September 03, 2013
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The United States has donated funding to enable Honduras to build three naval bases, Honduran Defense Minister Marlon Pascua said.
The first base is operational in Guanaja Island, which is about 70 kilometers off the Central American nation’s Caribbean coast, while the second base is being built in Caratasca, which is near the border with Nicaragua. The third will be constructed in Puerto Castilla along the Caribbean coast.
“The government of the United States helps Honduras,” said Pascua, who wouldn’t reveal the exact amount of the donation.
The bases will bolster Honduras’ counter-narcotics fight, as the country is used as a transshipment point to transport drugs north toward the United States.
Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.
[Digital Journal (Honduras), 02/09/2013; La Tribuna (Honduras), 01/09/2013]