The U.S. proposed high-level security talks with Central America Integration System (SICA)1 in 2006 to promote coordination and discussion of transnational threats such as illicit trafficking of arms, drugs, and persons, criminal gangs, border security, terrorism and natural disasters. The first U.S.-SICA Dialogue was held July 17-18, 2007, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The U.S. Strategy to Combat Criminal Gangs from Central America and Mexico was announced at this dialogue. The second Dialogue was held December 11-12, 2008, in Washington, DC. The third Dialogue was held May 26-27, 2010, in Panama City, Panama.
1SICA is the Spanish acronym for the Central American Integration System. SICA member states include Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The Dominican Republic is an associate member state and Mexico is an observer state to SICA.
Final Communique: Third U.S.-Central America Dialogue on Security
-05/07/10 SICA-U.S. Statement on Haiti and Chile
-05/07/10 Remarks: Third U.S.-Central America Dialogue on Security; Assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Panama City, Panama
-12/12/08 Final Communique: Second U.S.-Central America Dialogue on Security
-12/12/08 Mechanism for U.S.-Central America Dialogue on Security
-07/18/07 Final Declaration: U.S.-Central America Dialogue on Security
-07/18/07 USAID-SICA Regional Gang Prevention Activity Agreement [ PDF version ]