On May 18, Chile tendered its candidacy to host a center targeting organized crime in Latin America, the creation of which was announced at the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, according to an announcement from the Organization of American States (OAS).
The proposal was put forward by Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter upon meeting with OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza.
The center would serve to monitor criminal activity and the coordination of operations throughout the region.
“Minister Hinzpeter also expressed the decision of his government to cooperate with the OAS in its Mission to Support the Process of Public Security Reform in Honduras. The mission will begin its work immediately,” the statement added.
Central America, and especially Honduras, has the world’s highest crime rates in areas without armed conflict, because of the struggle among the cartels and with the security forces to control regional drug-trafficking routes.
Chile has been increasing its cooperation in that fight against drug trafficking, and on April 25, in the course of a major cocaine-seizure operation in the Caribbean, the United States announced that a ship from that South American country had participated.