Central America as for U.S. aid in drug war

By Josh Newkirk

Central American governments are petitioning the United States for more money to fight the war on drugs.

President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador presented the U.S. with a $900 million proposal for more police and social programs to fight the local drug cartels and traffickers.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was presented the plan.  She said at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington Sep. 9, that Mexico and Central America are becoming more well organized network off drug cartels.

But The U.S. might not be able to provide the money asked by the Central American governments.  The U.S has already given Central America $1.8 billion over the past three years and the Obama administration is under pressure to cut costs.

United States for the first time included Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica on the annual list of major drug-trafficking nations, which was released this month. Guatemala and Panama were already on the list.

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