Guatemalan president: Central America needs at least $2 billion 'to attack the root of the problem'

by Ed O'Keefe and Marlon Correa, The Washington Post

Jul 30, 2014


Since signing an agreement with Central American countries and the Dominican Republican in 2008, the U.S. has spent roughly $800 million on security and law enforcement assistance in the region, with roughly two-thirds of the money sent to Central America's "Northern Triangle" countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Lawmakers and regional experts this week said that any new requests for additional security aid is likely to be greeted with skepticism in Washington.

“I think that there isn’t much appetite for a blank check,” said Eric Olson, director for the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. “There’s deep concern about the violence in Central America, but people are asking hard questions about what is our money going to be used for and what real impact is this going to have?”


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