U.S. Increases Military Cooperation with México and Central America
By Dialogo May 14, 2013
The United States announced that slight increases in military cooperation for México and Central América would take place in the fiscal year 2014. Honduras will be the Central American country to obtain the most assistance, with $4.5 million, compared to the $3.5 million granted in 2013.
México will obtain a total of $7 million, very similar to the amount they received this year.
Furthermore, Nicaragua will be granted direct U.S. military help for the first time, in the amount of $385,000, the lowest amount in the region.
In the last meeting held by regional military leaders, the VIII Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) in Panamá, the Commander in Chief of Nicaragua’s Armed Forces, Army General Julio César Avilés, met with U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command.
“The military chiefs held bilateral meetings to strengthen cooperation in different areas,” the Nicaraguan Army said in a statement.
During the conference, “topics and strategies to combat transnational organized crime” were discussed, according to the same press release.
Panamá will receive $1.8 million in 2014, compared to $2.3 million in the current year, while Costa Rica will have an increase to $1.4 million, after receiving $815,000 in 2013.
El Salvador is receiving further help with $1.8 million, compared to $1.25 granted last year. Guatemala is also experiencing an increase in its 2014 allocation, with a total of $1.74 million. This year Guatemala received half a million.
Outside of México and Central America, Colombia is experiencing the sharpest drop in the Latin American region, with $28.5 million in 2014, compared to $40 million in 2013.
Overall, the U.S. military cooperation assistance in the Western Hemisphere dropped from $70.8 million to $60.2 million.