The Organization of American States (OAS) and Interpeace today signed a memorandum of understanding by which they agree to work together on the implementation of programs, projects and activities for the promotion of public security and to strengthening national processes that contribute to peace in the Central American region.
During the signing ceremony, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, acknowledged the work of Interpeace in El Salvador and the role the Organization has played in the framework of the social pacification process derived from the gang truce, in which the Organization serves as guarantor.
Moreover, he stressed that thanks to the work done with Interpeace it has been possible to "find spaces that complement our work," and encouraged continuing with "a broader and more multidimensional work in this area."
The leader of the hemispheric institution concluded by saying that "we are beginning with Interpeace an effort to work together throughout the Central American region in the processes of violence prevention, security and reinsertion, and we believe that we have an important contribution to make through the work of the OAS and other allied organizations such as the Trust for the Americas."
Meanwhile, the Regional Director of Interpeace in Latin America, Ana Glenda Tager, said the signing of the memorandum of understanding makes it possible to "strengthen the work we have been doing in Central America, particularly in the reduction of violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras." Tager also highlighted the role of the OAS in promoting peace in the region and expressed her belief that "with the support of the Organization we will be able to make a greater impact, as it is a key player in international accompaniment, as guarantor of the processes."
The first joint work between the two institutions was the Meeting of Good Practices on Unconventional Processes of Social pacification, Prevention, Rehabilitation and Reintegration in contexts of Criminal Gangs, held in San Salvador in September of 2013.
A gallery of photos of the event is available here.
The B-Roll of the event is available here.
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.