Central America Seeks International Help for Its Security Strategy

first_imgBy Dialogo May 12, 2011 For Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez, the most important thing is that the design of a common strategy is being achieved. The director of the Guatemalan police, Jaime Leonel Otzin, commented that the security agencies and the judicial system are working “harmoniously” on short-, medium-, and long-term programs contained in the regional strategy. “Shared responsibility” in the execution of the strategy, which includes crime prevention and re-entry into society, is justified, according to Castro, in areas like drug trafficking, which involves the countries of origin of the drugs, the transit nations, and the destination countries. According to a draft of the regional strategy, fighting crime is what will require the most resources: 803 million dollars. “Now we have a security plan that specifies national and regional activities (and) the costs of those activities,” in Martínez’s estimation. Prior to this meeting, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes warned that the drug cartels operating in the isthmus have an annual income of 100 billion dollars, five times more than El Salvador’s gross domestic product (GDP). “We are facing a very powerful enemy, one who acts on a regional level with resources that exceed those available to the security forces of our countries,” Funes indicated. For his part, the secretary general of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Juan Daniel Alemán, stated that with the strategy, the aim is to “generate awareness under the principle of shared responsibility and the additive character of resources in the area of democratic security.” center_img The delegates discussed, among other issues, how to ensure that Costa Rica and Panama, which do not have armies or navies, can safeguard their territorial waters. Central America has completed the design of a regional security strategy that includes the concept of “shared responsibility” and is hoping that the international community will finance part of the one billion dollars needed to confront organized crime. Crime and violence cost Central America 8% of its GDP, according to the World Bank. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), between 2003 and 2008, more than 79,000 people were murdered in the region, where almost three million firearms are in circulation, two out of three of them illegally. “The issue of security is a transnational problem, and we all have to assume our share of the responsibility, in proportion,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister René Castro declared to AFP. The shared strategy, according to Alemán, is “directed” toward an effort that will begin on 16 May with the search for funds in Madrid, Spain. In order to confront crime, the countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) decided to send their armies into the streets to support the police in security tasks. The final occasion for obtaining international cooperation will be at an international conference that will be held on 22 and 23 June in Guatemala.last_img read more

Man shoots pal dead

first_imgThe incident happened around 5 p.m. onMarch 8. The 36-year-old Gilbert Lavente died ofgunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed. Officers of the Lambunao police stationconducted a manhunt operation against the suspect, who fled after theincident./PN It was not immediately established whattriggered the altercation. center_img ILOILO City – A man was shot dead by hisfriend in Barangay Maribong, Lambunao, Iloilo. According to police investigation,Lavente and Jethro Palma figured in a heated argument that endedwith Palma shooting his friend using a 12-gauge shotgun on the right footand neck. last_img read more

Disney World now accepting reservations

first_imgDisney World has now made reservations for it’s hotels available online.The theme park originally stopped taking reservations in March during the thick of the Coronavirus pandemic.Despite the company allowing guest to make reservations in July, they have yet to publically announce when the theme park will actually reopen.Disney’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel has, however, written a blog stating that park plans to do a phased reopening in some areas, possibly opening restaurants and retail shops before they open the actual park.It was also said that once the park does reopen, it will only operate at %50 of it’s capacity once reopened.Shanghai Disneyland is the only Disney park that is currently open. It received the greenlight to open on Monday with social distancing practices in place. Guest are expected to have their temperature checked before they enter the park, wear face mask, and practice proper distancing from other groups.The opening could possibly serve as a model for other parks and areas that generally draw large crowds of people.last_img read more