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OAS and Ministers of Security and Defense of Northern Triangle Hold Dialogue on Central American MAS Plan

  February 17, 2012

The Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministers of Security and Defense of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala met today in San Salvador to talk about the problems of security that affect that Central American region known as the “Northern Triangle.”

One of the central issues analyzed during the meeting was the strategic plan of the OAS known as “MAS Centroamérica,” designed to improve security in the Northern Triangle area and the rest of the countries in the Central American region. “The challenges to security in Central America and many and complex, and they demand immediate responses,” said the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Adam Blackwell.

The high-level OAS official indicated that “improving police management and the administration of justice, the need for greater regional coordination to face organized crime, and improving the prison system occupied an important part of the discussion agenda we undertook today.”

In the framework of the meeting, Ambassador Blackwell held a bilateral meeting with the Honduran ministers to extend the offer by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza to provide help in the search for a solution to the prison crisis that affects the systems, and in the processes of social rehabilitation of inmates. This week a fire in the Comayagua, Honduras, prison caused the deaths of more than 350 people.

Participants at the meeting included the Minister of Justice and Security of El Salvador, General David Munguía; the Ministrer of Security of Honduras, Pompeyo Bonilla; and the Minister of Governance of Guatemala and responsible for Security, Mauricio López. Also present were the heads of Defense of El Salvador, General José Atilio Benitez Parada; of Honduras, Marlon Pascua Serrato; and of Guatemala, General Ulises Anzueto Girón. Other participants were those responsible for Intelligence Services and chiefs of police of the same three countries.

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Reference: E-049/12