Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
May 7, 2010


Panama City, Republic of Panama

COMMUNIQUE

We, the Vice-Ministers of the Central American Security Commission or its representatives and the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the United States of America, gathered together in Panama City, Panama, on May 7, 2010, with the participation of the Dominican Republic, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as observers; the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the European Union as invited guests; and with the presence of the Secretary General of SICA, bearing in mind the need to strengthen multilateral cooperation in the fight against transnational threats and crime that affects our citizens;

CONSIDERING:

The Declaration of the XXXII Summit of Heads of State and Government of SICA, which seeks to strengthen dialogue on security with Mexico and the United States of America, as well as the Regional Security Strategy for Central America and Mexico, with a view to developing work plans based on the mutual acceptance by the parties of agreements and priorities;

The Communiqué of the XXXIII Central American Security Commission Meeting adopted in Guatemala City, Guatemala on July 18, 2007, and the results of the Second United States-Central American Dialogue on Democratic Security;

That SICA Member States and the United States of America have continued the ongoing consultative process to enhance mutual cooperation with a view to confronting the transnational threats posed to all States of this region;

That SICA Member States and the United States of America are confronting crime, violence and insecurity, narcotics trafficking, criminal gangs, and illicit arms trafficking in a joint and comprehensive manner, through exhaustive prevention and effective efforts that make them a priority for the region;

The SICA Member States and the United States of America acknowledge the joint efforts needed to establish a common approach with all invited observers that contribute to regional security;

AGREE:

1. To reiterate our commitment to the Agreements on Security of 2007 and to the Second United States-Central American Dialogue on Democratic Security of December 12, 2008.

2. To implement the Mechanism for Central American Integration System-United States Dialogue on Democratic Security of 2008 by exchanging points of contact on each security theme.

3. To continue developing a common approach to address transnational threats to Public Security in specific and practical ways.

4. To strengthen existing measures of coordination and cooperation in order to improve the operational capacity of all of the States' entities and security forces involved in regional Public Security including greater cooperation within and among states.

5. To formally commit to fostering new partnerships to develop the financial capabilities necessary to implement the Central America-Mexico Security Strategy, taking into account the options set forth in the Central American Comprehensive Proposal for Financing Regional Security as well as other options of interest to the international community.

6. To recognize the advancement of our cooperative efforts to combat criminal gangs and illicit trafficking of firearms and drugs.

7. To consider adoption of the Comprehensive Strategic Action Plan for Application of the Law between SICA and the United States of America, with regard to Combating the Illegal Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons.

8. To hold the Fourth SICA-United States of America Dialogue on Democratic Security in the United States of America in 2011.

9. To hold the SICA International Conference in support of the Central America and Mexico Security Strategy as soon as possible.

10. To hold in 2010 a technical work meeting between SICA and the United States of America on the resources and priorities for regional security.

11. To hold in 2011 a technical work meeting between SICA and the United States of America on coordinating efforts and best practices to combat narcotics trafficking.

12. To thank the Government of Panama for the facilities and support given leading to the successful Third SICA-United States of America Dialogue on Democratic Security.