Emelianenko-Mitrione bout postponed due to American’s illnessSport February 19, 4:06
OSCE unable to identify perpetrators of cyber attacks against it - secretary generalWorld February 19, 4:02
Russian biathletes win gold in relay at 2017 IBU World Championships in AustriaSport February 18, 18:30
Putin signs decree on recognition of documents given to Donbass peopleRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 18, 17:26
Sberbank CEO says no repeat of crisis in the short termBusiness & Economy February 18, 17:24
Judging by certain statements at Munich Conference, "cold war" is still not over — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 18, 15:19
Bout’s lawyers will challenge Court of Appeals’ decision in Supreme Court on February 21Russian Politics & Diplomacy February 18, 7:16
Turkish Minister reproaches NATO for not fulfilling obligations on its south-eastern flankWorld February 18, 7:12
Moody's upgrades outlook on Russia’s sovereign rating to stable from negativeBusiness & Economy February 18, 2:37
TEGUCIGALPA, January 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Members of the Central American Integration System (SICA) say there are “wide prospects” for deeper ties with Russia and are keen to promote the process, the group's Secretary General, Hugo Martinez, told Russian Federal Drug Control Service head Viktor Ivanov on Sunday.
“We attach great importance to the region’s integration and fostering its ties with other important partners, among them Russia,” Martinez, from El Salvador, said.
Assembling El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic, SICA supports the initiative to grant Russia observer status in the organization. A request from Moscow was expected soon and undoubtedly would be accepted, Martinez added.
Cooperation with Russia
Rapprochement with Russia is favored by the group's member nations, adhering to principles of a multi-polar world. “Our region’s states should not only develop relations with traditional partners on the continent but with other countries as well,” Martinez said, citing SICA interest in expanding cooperation in security, combating climate change and promoting trade.
The official said Russia’s proposal to open a training center for drugs unit police in Nicaragua was valued, saying this would benefit all Central American countries which could then use “Russian experience in fighting organized crime and drug trafficking.” He added that SICA was keen to see a SICA-Russia meeting at foreign minister level.
Russian drug agency chief Ivanov, visiting Honduras as head of his country's delegation to the forthcoming inauguration of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, pointed to prospects of cooperation with a Central America “that suffers from drug trafficking, though does not produce drugs itself”.
Cocaine production had recently declined substantially in Columbia but had increased in Peru and Bolivia, he said, so that smugglers preferred Central America as their trafficking territory. Ivanov said gangs were now extending supplies to European countries, which posed a threat to Russia and placed greater emphasis on drug control cooperation with Central America.
SICA was set up in 1991, founded initially by Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. Its original aim was economic cooperation but it is now involved in politics, education, culture and environmental protection.