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Friday, August 23 2019 @ 11:05 pm EDT

Central American Presidents Condemn North Korean Attack

Panama News The member nations of the Central American Integration System, with the exception of Nicaragua, signed a special declaration in support of the government of the Republic of Korean on the sinking of the frigate "'Cheonan." The countries 'condemned' the act of aggression of last March, which increased tension between North and South Korea. The presidents of Panama and Costa Rica expressed their support and made a call to avoid struggle and confrontation. "Our people aim for peace" said Laura Chinchilla. Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and the Dominican Republic agreed the situation should be resolved within a framework of respect for international law and under the principles and rules of the United Nations Charter. Nicaragua, represented by their Ambassador to the United Nations, Maria Rubiales, abstained. "In light of the presentation of the Korean delegation, the leaders condemn this act of aggression against the Republic of Korea and offer their support and commitment to cooperate closely in conjunction with the international community in the search for peace," says the declaration. Meanwhile, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said his country will support the International Conference of Support for the Central American Security Strategy to be held next year. Korea offered to support the Central American region through a program of Understanding in the field of Public Security. The head of the Panamanian government said Panama is the ideal place for Korean companies, or companies from any other country to establish operations and create jobs. He said Korea has the International Cooperation Agency that will double the cooperation to the countries of Central America, and that Korea will provide support of between $322 to $325 million dollars to the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE). Martinelli said he will travel to Korea in October and will seek investments throughout Asia, the same as all of the presidents of the region, who were also invited by President Myung-bak.

In Support of Honduras - One of the topics discussed during the meeting of Heads of State in the region was the normalization of Honduras in the SICA. In this regard, the president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, said the normalization of Honduras in the Central American Integration System is coming soon. The Salvadoran president said at the Third Summit of Heads of State, and the SICA summit, Honduras has shown their commitment to democracy. "What we have asked all the presidents of the region is that President Lobo to show his commitment to democracy and institution building, to which he committed when he was a candidate and then later as both the president-elect and the constitutionally elected President of Honduras. This he has shown," he said. Meanwhile, the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, said the country's return to the SICA is a matter of time. "In the end, sooner rather than later we'll be all together," the Honduran leader said. Lobo claimed he would continue to fight because one or two sectors are highly polarized, but noted that fortunately they are very small, and they do not reflect the majority of the popular will.

During his speech at the opening ceremony of the XXXV Summit of Heads of State and Government of SICA, the Panamanian leader took stock of the six months that Panama has had the presidency pro tempore of SICA, and the successes in the strengthening of the fight against drug trafficking and illicit arms trafficking, criminal gangs and other security threats. Today the SICA conference will continue in its second day, during which Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will address the group. (La Estrella)

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