OAS and Guatemala
By SMS / OAS
Last week on Thursday, September 8, 2011, the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security Adam Blackwell met with Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom to discuss a variety of topics, including greater cooperation between Guatemala and the OAS, as well as the implementation of a regional plan for security related issues.
“During the meeting with President Colom we moved forward the OAS objectives of increasing cooperation and coordination in security matters with Guatemala to successfully meet our challenges. Without a doubt, it was a positive visit”, said Blackwell, shortly after the meeting.
That day Ambassador Blackwell met with the representatives of the National Security Council to discuss a similar agenda. Guatemala’s Vice-President Rafael Espada, the Minister of Defense, Major General Abraham Valenzuela Gonzalez, the Interior Minister Carlos Menocal, as well as other security authorities participated in the meeting.
During the meetings, Ambassador Blackwell addressed some of the more important security issues in Central America. These were positively received by the Guatemalan President. President Colom said that the OAS Istmo Centroamericano initiatives in Guatemala and its neighboring countries are aligned to Guatemala’s strategies and their national responses to threats posed by security and international crime. In this respect, President Colom highlighted the growing policy-related coordination with Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize, and reaffirmed his support to the strengthening of regional cooperation.