First United States-Central American Dialogue on Security
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. announced the U.S. Strategy to Combat Criminal Gangs from Central America and Mexico at the First U.S.-Central America Integration System (SICA)1 Dialogue on Security in Guatemala City with the seven Central American countries. This comes almost 4 months after President George W. Bush's Latin America tour when he met with Guatemalan President Oscar Berger Perdomo, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon to discuss the severity of the security situation in Central America. The Presidents also discussed the threats that gangs pose to both the United States and Latin America, and development of a regional strategy to combat gangs and other transnational threats in Central America.
1SICA is the Spanish acronym for the Central American Integration System. SICA member states include Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The Dominican Republic is an associate member state and Mexico is an observer state to SICA.
Second United States-Central American Dialogue on Security
--07/18/07 Final Declaration: Dialogue Between Central America and the U.S. on Democratic Security
--07/18/07 Addressing Transnational Threats in Central America: Partnership and Shared Responsibility; Thomas A. Shannon, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Opening Remarks at the First U.S.-SICA Dialogue on Security; Guatemala City, Guatemala
--07/18/07 Combating Criminal Gangs from Central America and Mexico
--07/18/07 Strategy to Combat Criminal Gangs from Central America and Mexico
--07/18/07 U.S. Strategy to Combat the Threat of Criminal Gangs from Central America and Mexico; Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Washington, DC
--07/18/07 USAID-SICA Regional Gang Prevention Activity Agreement; U.S. Agency for International Development; Washington, DC
--10/22/07 The Merida Initiative: United States - Mexico - Central America Security Cooperation