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Central America will approve its Strategic Security Plan next June 23rd.

Strategic Security in Central America, Private Breakfast between the Secretary General of the OAS and his Counterpart at SICA

SAN SALVADOR – The Integration System of Central America (SICA) announced today that Central America has prepared its security plan that will be submitted next June 22nd in Guatemala to all countries and cooperating bodies of the region.
The plan was completed in a meeting in San Salvador on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the participation of U.S. and central american delegates plus representatives of  several agencies and countries, including the two top regional U.S. officials, in charge of diplomacy in Latin America, Mr. Arturo Valenzuela and Julissa Reynoso.

“This meeting served to review documents, including the action plan, programs and projects, profiles, as well as the follow-up. Everything is almost ready to support the Conference of Security Strategy, which will take place in Guatemala, SICA said in a statement.

The meeting, which followed the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), was also attended by officials from Canada, European Union,  Spain, Italy, Germany,  Colombia, Mexico,  Chile, Finland and Korea.

The security meeting was also attended by delegates of the UN Development Program (UNDP) , Organization of American States OAS, World Bank, InterAmerican Development Bank IADB and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, said the SICA.

The strategy was completed after a meeting of deputy ministers and deputy ministers of the areas related to security and delegates of the “Grupo de Amigos” that has been working since the plan was adopted in 2007 in Guatemala, said the SICA.

The Summit in Guatemala will be attended by all the Presidents of Central America, and Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia), Felipe Calderón (Mexico) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton.

Central America is one of the most violent regions of the world, second only to war zones like Afganistan, according to UN data. An OAS report released Monday in the assembly of San Salvador indicated that America is the continent’s most violent, with one murder occuring every four minutes.