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Assistant Secretary General Ramdin Welcomes Top Central American Security Authorities

  March 11, 2013

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, welcomed top Central American security authorities and representatives of donor countries who met today at the OAS to advance the Central American Security Strategy and the roadmap for this year.

The OAS hosted the fourth meeting of the Group of Friends in Support of the Central American Security Strategy, which brought together top security authorities from Central American countries and delegates from multilateral agencies and donor countries.

Assistant Secretary General Ramdin highlighted the strong collaboration among the Central American countries on security, with the support of the Group of Friends, as an example of partnership for the Americas and the world. He emphasized that security is a cross-border problem that requires multilateral and inter-governmental cooperation as well as investments and budgetary allocation in areas of social and economic development.

The Secretary General of the Central American Integration System, Juan Daniel Aleman, presented a report on the current state of the Central American Security Strategy, which has five of its 20 twenty projects under execution, with an investment of $124.6 million. He highlighted the important support from Germany, Spain, Italy and the European Union, among others, for the Strategy’s implementation.

Assistant Secretary General Ramdin added that this year’s OAS General Assembly will focus on "Alternative Strategies for Combating Drugs." This theme is in line with the mandate by Heads of State and Government of the Americas during the Sixth Summit of the Americas in 2012, which urged the OAS to analyze the results of drug policies in the Americas and to explore new approaches to strengthen these efforts and make them more effective. The resulting report, developed under the supervision of Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, will be presented in a couple of weeks.

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Reference: E-087/13