Friday, January 28, 2011


Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have formed a trinational anti-Zeta special forces unit, Álvaro Colom told El Universal:
"Organized crime is global and regional. It's often said that the Zetas are Mexicans, but it's true that we have capture Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans. This criminal group has globalized, and that's why the solution to this serious aggression from drug trafficking that we suffer in our countries has to be regional, I call it the Meso-American Security and Justice Plan, with the support and co-responsibility of the United States."
The idea seems to be that each countries' members of the force will be able to operate freely across borders. This is also why Mexico cannot actively participate, Colom said, because of constitutional prohibitions against sending military forces outside of the borders. However, both Mexico and Colombia are supporting the move, he said. It seems as though this would be most useful if one nation's Zetas had sanctuaries elsewhere, a la the Farc in Ecuador. That may be the case, but I'm not sure; as I mentioned a few weeks ago, almost all of the Alta Verapaz Zetas arrested are Guatemalan. In any event, this is worth keeping an eye on.

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