During the UN General Assembly, on September 25, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, highlighted that the decrease of violence in his country is due to a truce between gangs, and is seeking assistance from the United States to end drug trafficking.
‘‘El Salvador has now caught the sights of the region, multilateral organizations, and countries that historically have kept a solid relationship with my country. This is because of the phenomenon we have been experiencing for over six months, which has resulted in a drastic decrease in violence,” stated Funes.
The head of state recalled that El Salvador “was the second most violent country in the Americas until a few months ago,” with an average of 15 murders per day due to crime and gang disputes.
‘‘This September, the average has been 3.8 murders per day. Other areas of crime are steadily decreasing as well,” he said.
Funes attributed the decrease in homicide rates to a ‘‘public safety policy that is bringing positive results,” and to a recent ‘‘non-aggression pact between rival gangs.”
Despite this progress, the Salvadoran president indicated the need to confront drug trafficking, which is wreaking havoc throughout Central America; and added that to do it successfully, the region needs support from the United States.
‘‘With Central America united, along with Mexico and Colombia, we have agreed upon joint policies to fight this battle. We need the support not only from the U.S. government, but also from the American people,” he added.