Belize participates in regional security talks

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017. 9:20 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Belize is taking part in the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, a two-day conference on regional security hosted by the Governments of the United States and Mexico.

Belize joins Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Union, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain, in discussions on mitigating the effects of drugs and human trafficking within the region.

At the event, which began yesterday in Miami, Florida, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, alongside Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, spoke about the various initiatives that the US is committing to, in an effort to address the drug and human trafficking trades. Those initiatives include providing training to police officers and judges.

The first day of the conference, opened with a vow from the US to assist the “Northern Triangle Nations” Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, in an effort to restore the rule of law. However the countries raised concerns that the US was asking them to do more with less.

US Vice President Mike Pence said that President Donald Trump pledged $460 million to support security efforts in the three Northern Triangle nations. However, those funds have yet to be approved by Congress as part of the State Department’s 2018 budget. The amount is also categorized as a “steep drop” from the $650 million set aside in the 2017 financial year.

President Hernandez of Honduras, expressed his concern that if the US doesn’t do more, the region might become even more of a threat for both the US and Mexico.

A convulsing Central America, faced with a lack of opportunities and with violence, is a tremendous risk for the United States, Mexico and the region,” he said.

The conference ends later today

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