US to Open New Military Base in Honduras
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Mario Cerna, El Heraldo, April 12, 2011
Honduras and the United States reiterated yesterday to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking and extend the fight for a better regional security.
Those were some of the conclusions reached by the commander of U.S. Southern Command, Douglas Fraser and Honduran Defense Minister, Marlon Pascua, after a bilateral meeting.
Representatives from both countries met in the Joint Chiefs meeting which also involved the Joint Chiefs, with the exception of Rene Osorio, who is outside the country, according to reports.
Nor was the commander of the Naval, Christopher Romero Burgos, who apparently is in poor health.
Fraser visit Honduras for the second time.
The U.S. Embassy said that the presence of Fraser answered that “is in charge of the activities undertaken by the country’s Armed Forces with U.S. defense and security institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
In that sense Easter Fraser and security dialogue and cooperation, as well as combating drug trafficking, humanitarian assistance projects, training for peace support missions and natural disasters.
Honduras and the U.S. have a base set of Palmerola base, 78 kilometers from the capital, in the city of Comayagua.
Currently they have provided to strengthen the naval bases of the north coast, even reported the creation of a new Bay Islands [base], to combat drug trafficking.
The Chief of Staff, Rene Osorio said earlier Monday that the U.S. was asked to a 360 degree radar to detect the entry of narcoavionetas the country.
Another issue that Fraser will deepen with other government officials is that of regional security.
President Barack Obama, during his visit to El Salvador on March 22, announced support of $ 200 million for the entire region, which will strengthen regional security. Fraser spoke with U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens, the possibility of assisting the country in efforts to overcome the recent political crisis.
In the senior official visit, which continues today, has scheduled meetings with diplomats from his country and President Porfirio Lobo Sosa.