The U.S., EU and international financial institutions grant aid of two billion dollars to Central American countries to help them to combat organized crime and drug trafficking, said the Guatemalan Minister of Finance Alfredo Del Cid.
“The international community has expressed support for Central American countries in the fight against organized crime and drug cartels. It promised to allocate for this purpose an amount of about two billion dollars,” the minister said during the international conference on security policy in Central America.
Previously, the U.S. secretary of state, Clinton said Washington had planned this year to allocate $ 300 million to countries in the region.
Central America is the main hub of drug trafficking to the United States. According to the UN, the fight against this scourge costing the country nearly $ 4 billion annually.
The International Conference in Support of Security Strategy for Central America was held this year in Guatemala and was attended by delegations from 55 countries. The presidents of several countries, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia and Mexico took part.
El Salvador will host the next round of the conference.