Central American Leaders Preview Obama Meeting

The Wall Street Journal

Jul 24, 2014

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"In a companion event nearby, the foreign ministers of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala delivered a similar message.

Their countries cannot act alone to stanch the flow of migrants fleeing a surge of gang violence and a drought of economic opportunity, they said at the Wilson Center, another think tank. It would take an international effort to oust multinational human and drug smuggling organizations from operating in their countries.

“We believe…that the lack of opportunities, the levels of violence, of social exclusions that we have seen in Honduras over the last couple of years is not only the fault of Hondurans,” said Mireya Agüero de Corrales, the Honduran foreign minister, through a translator.

She cited estimates that 80% of U.S.-bound South American cocaine is now trafficked through Honduras and that 70 percent of the country’s murders are tied to the trade. But independent experts on the country’s violence point to warring street gangs, who make money from extortion, kidnapping and street level drug sales, for most of the bloodshed."

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