U.S. to Send $780K to Nicaragua to Combat Drug Trafficking

By Dialogo
October 04, 2011

The United States will send 780,000 dollars in military aid to Nicaragua to combat drug trafficking and firearms trafficking, as part of regional cooperation, the U.S. embassy officially announced.

“The Nicaraguan Government will receive 780,000 dollars to strengthen its capacity to suppress illicit narcotics trafficking and other international crimes,” a statement issued by the diplomatic mission indicated.

The agreement was signed by the chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Robert Downes, and the Nicaraguan Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations, Valdrak Jaentschke.

Representatives of both governments agreed to meet “every six months to review qualitative and quantitative progress” in the implementation of the program, the press release added, without specifying the period of implementation.

The aid is part of the military cooperation Washington plans to provide to the region as part of the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).

According to American officials, 90 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States passes through Central America, something that has made the region one of the most violent in the world, according to United Nations statistics.