Legislative delegations from 60 nations of Latin America and the European Union will meet in Mexico next week to draw up recommendations on combating organized crime in advance of the presidential summit to be held in Chile in June, one of the organizers announced on February 13. The legislators who make up the EUROLAT Political Affairs and Security Committee meet twice a year. The last meeting was in Belgium in November, and the meeting this time will be from February 21 to 23 in the Mexican capital. Mexican Senator José Guadarrama, co-chair of the committee, explained that the recommendations they issue will be submitted to the summit of heads of state of the two regions, with the aim that the presidents “know what we’re thinking in the parliaments.” He added that the chosen topic is “of the greatest importance,” pointing to drug trafficking as “so severe a plague around the world, particularly in Mexico.” The meeting will be attended by the Mexican foreign minister, Patricia Espinosa, and other members of the government, in addition to experts from the United Nations and the Organization of American States. EUROLAT was constituted in 2006 and represents 33 Latin American and Caribbean legislatures and the 27 members of the European Union. The interparliamentary meeting will take place in Mexico, which is facing a wave of violence that has left more than 50,000 dead over the last five years, with the majority of deaths attributed to conflicts between drug cartels and to the military offensive launched by the government against those organizations, but also including civilians without ties to organized crime. By Dialogo February 15, 2012
By Steven McLoud/Diálogo October 24, 2020 U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), visited El Salvador on October 21, where he met with the country’s Defense Minister Rear Admiral Rene Merino Monroy and his staff.The visit comes after Adm Faller — who is visiting the Central America region — made stops in Honduras and Guatemala, where he spoke with leaders of partner nations about the benefits and successes of cooperative security partnerships in the region.Adm. Faller and his delegation also met with U.S. Ambassador Ronald Johnson to discuss SOUTHCOM’s role in the U.S.-El Salvador cooperation on security.Security cooperation topics discussed with Rear Adm. Merino included dismantling transnational criminal organizations, counternarcotics operations, and future military engagements.“The visit of Adm. Craig Faller and his team reaffirms the sincere relationship of friendship and trust between the armed forces of both countries to face these transnational threats,” said Rear Adm. Merino in a tweet.Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, echoed those sentiments tweeting that his country was proud to be a key partner to the United States in combatting security threats.While in El Salvador, Adm. Faller also visited the Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa, which operates through an agreement between the U.S. and the government of El Salvador. This location is one of two centers in Latin America and the Caribbean, and plays a key role in supporting multinational and interagency efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations.Each fiscal year, CSL operations disrupt more than $4 billion worth of drug trafficking operations. This location significantly enhances the ability of the U.S. and partner nations to patrol Eastern Pacific smuggling corridors, through which more than half of the drugs heading for the U.S. transit through, often in multi-ton shipments.El Salvador is a valued security partner in the fight against illicit trafficking and is one of more than 20 nations engaged alongside the U.S. in cooperative efforts to detect and dismantle transnational criminal organizations in the Western Hemisphere.