[Marxism] Another legal hook for U.S. intervention in the Americas

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Wed Oct 12 21:23:15 MDT 2005


GUATEMALA EYES JOINT PEACE FORCE

Central America should have a joint peacekeeping force, Guatemala has 
told a security conference in Florida attended by regional states and 
the US.

Defence Minister Gen Carlos Aldana said a battalion-strength force 
would boost economic and political stability and also help handle 
natural disasters.

"We want to focus on a universal soldier - a soldier of peace," he 
said. The eight nations meeting in Key Biscayne are discussing threats 
ranging from drug-trafficking to terrorism. Guatemala, Gen Aldana said, 
planned a joint peacekeeping battalion with El Salvador, Honduras and 
Nicaragua.

If it came about, he added, it should be ratified by a treaty that 
would include specific personnel and financial commitments from each 
participant.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld described the two-day talks as a 
"unique moment for the Americas". He said that "drug-traffickers, 
smugglers, hostage-takers, terrorists, violent gangs" posed serious 
threats for the region.

Delegations from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, 
Nicaragua, Panama and the US are at the talks.

They come as Guatemala and its neighbours recover from Tropical Storm 
Stan which claimed hundreds of lives.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/4336764.stm

Published: 2005/10/13 02:37:45 GMT

from Brian Shannon





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