New US anti-corruption task force to freeze assets and withdraw visas in California
Tegucigalpa – In a conference call on Friday delivered by the Special Assistant to the President and Principal Director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, Juan Gonzalez, and the Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle, Ricardo Zunega, both officials concluded that corruption is endemic throughout the world. Central America.
Corruption is endemic in Central America, says the United States
Officials have also used the space to remember that its borders are closed to irregular migration.
On the phone call you participated in Digital process“The issue of corruption is endemic in Central America, but it is also endemic to the entire region,” said Juan González.
In this regard, I see corruption as one of the factors that stimulate migration, especially in countries where there is no economic opportunity.
In this sense, he indicated that the United States encourages the creation of A. Regional Anti-Corruption Task Force in the Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras).
He explained that after the departure of the International Committee against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG(And Anti-Corruption Support Mission in Honduras)MACCIHWe saw the need to bring in an effort to the region to move quickly against corruption using US tools.
The US official added that this force would have the power to suspend visas, punish individuals, and freeze assets used in corruption, human rights violations and money laundering.
He stressed that “this is only part of the job and it is part of a process that one has to support and help build capacity in the institutions of these countries.”
Then he indicated that in these countries there are prosecutors who are fighting alone against corruption and seeking through this task force to support their work.
He said, “It seeks to create a space for those who participate in civil society and the private sector, but also for governments to provide an opportunity for cooperation and exchange of ideas on best practices.”
What is needed, he concluded, is a cooperative space, not something imposed by the United States.
Ricardo Zunega said that for the United States it was disappointing to see the exit of the United States CICIG in Guatemala The MACCIH in Honduras.
Both tasks represent a Exertion He was very important to Vice President Biden, he said.
He believed that these spaces help to strengthen the rule of law in the region.
“We believe that an area where there can be coherent actors and procedures that give people what they deserve, which is access to information and the performance of public officials in accordance with the law and the rule of law, will be an important process,” he said.
On this topic, he explained that they are certain that the rule of law is also seen by others as an essential part of attracting investment, especially in California’s Northern Triangle.
He said, “There is a need for clear indications that the courts will be independent, free and without interference, and that they can exercise their functions to promote those interests which are very important to strengthening the economy, governance and social situation in Central America.”
And he decided that the fight against corruption will continue to focus on the United States because “what happens in Central America affects the United States.” (Omani Rial)
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