November 6, 1997


Over the past decade, Central America has undergone sweeping changes. Once torn by domestic armed conflicts and the victim of Cold War tensions, the countries in the region overcame those tragic chapters in their history, through a sustained effort to achieve peace and strengthen democracy. From the signature of the Esquipulas II agreements in 1987 to the signature of the 1994 Central American Alliance for Sustainable Development and its derivations, the region has shown unequivocal proof of its desire for harmonious growth with justice and pluralism with equity.

The region has made significant headway in strengthening the new security model contained in the Framework Treaty on Democratic Security in Central America, which is based on building democracy, democratic institutions, and the rule of law.

We, the countries of Central America, Belize, and the Dominican Republic, share this new vision of security, which focuses on the observance, promotion, and effective exercise of all human rights, as well as the security of persons and their property.

In the context of this vision of democratic security and bearing in mind the important progress made in strengthening this model, we reiterate our Governments' resolve not to procure high-tech strategic weapons, weapons of mass destruction, and costly weapons. We further reiterate the decision to devote essential resources to economic and social progress to achieve rising indices of sustainable human development.

Similarly, we reiterate our commitment to efforts to prevent the build-up of weapons in Latin America and stress the importance of consensus-building and implementing a process of hemispheric consultation on the limitation and control of weapons of war.

This Declaration was signed on the sixth of November nineteen hundred and ninety-seven.

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ALVARO ARZU IRIGOYEN
President of the
Republic of Guatemala

LEONEL FERNANDEZ REYNA
President of the
Dominican Republic

JOSE MARIAFIGUERES OLSEN
President of the
Republic of Costa Rica

ARMANDO CALDERON SOL
President of the
Republic of El Salvador

CARLOS ROBERTO REINA
President of the
Republic of Honduras

ARNOLDO ALEMAN LACAYO
President of the
Republic of Nicaragua

ERNESTO PEREZ BALLADARES
President of the
Republic of Panamá
MIGUEL ANGEL MENA
Prime Minister
of Belize