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OAS Secretary General Meets with Salvadoran Bishop Colindres

  May 9, 2012

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with Monsignor Fabio Colindres, Bishop of the Military of El Salvador, who, at the request of the government of El Salvador, has led an unprecedented cease fire between gang members, resulting in a decrease of around 63 percent in homicides committed in the country.

Secretary Insulza praised the work of Monsignor Colindres and the initiative of the government of El Salvador, as a result of which April 14 became the first day since the statistical record has been kept, on which not a single homicide was committed in the country. The Secretary General reiterated his commitment to the great effort being carried out by the government of President Mauricio Funes, in which the OAS has taken part, and accepted the invitation of the government of El Salvador to visit the country during the last week of June to learn about the process personally and to examine at ground level the cooperative efforts of the hemispheric organization.

The support of the OAS in public security in El Salvador began with the evaluation of the System of Security in the country carried out in 2011, which was delivered to the Salvadoran authorities at the beginning of this year. To coordinate the continuation of that cooperation and at the express determination of Secretary General Insulza, the OAS Secretary of Multidimensional Security, Adam Blackwell, will visit the country during the coming weeks.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-169/12