U.S. Promises $107 Million to Central America to Combat Drug Trafficking
By Dialogo March 08, 2012
On March 7, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden promised Central America to support the regional security strategy with 107 million dollars to confront drug trafficking and organized crime.
“Despite the significant recession (…), we are sustaining support for the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), through which we have dedicated $361 million (…) And we’re asking our Congress for another $107 million,” Biden said.
“It is our responsibility. No one country can defeat transnational crime alone. And we will continue to encourage increased collaboration” with Central America, Biden added, in a statement to the press after meeting with the presidents of the region at the Presidential House in Tegucigalpa.
The U.S. vice president added that the United States is “investing to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and to cut the illicit flow of money and weapons that contribute to crime and violence in the region.”
At the meeting, the Central American presidents called for more support from the United States, after noting that country’s shared responsibility for drug use (it is the largest user in the world), weapons trafficking, and money laundering.
“We need an active policy on the part of the United States. Our states are small and weak in comparison to the formidable power of the criminals,” Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes said at the summit, according to a copy of his remarks given to the press.
In June, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in a summit in Guatemala that concluded with a shared plan of action and promises of international support worth 2 billion dollars, the majority in the form of loans.