Dionisio Gutiérrez, president of Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo, met with congresswoman Norma Torres, to discuss the critical situation that the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America -NTCA- go through.
Dionisio Gutiérrez started the meeting denouncing the captivity of the State of Guatemala: “In 2006, our country reached an extreme point that required help from the international community, the answer was CICIG”.
Congresswoman Torres recognized the importance of CICIG´s work; yet indicated that it has had a hard time as it “does not count with the support of the President nor the Congress” in Guatemala.
Gutiérrez explained that during 2018, CICIG suffered an important attrition: “It should have avoided its actions to be interpreted as elements of a political agenda; and should have presented the cases of great corruption on which it built great expectation”. However, he pointed that the many triumphs of the commission are irrefutable and “its balance continues to be positive”.
Afterwards, they discussed how the countries of the NTCA have become a threat to the national security of the USA. Gutiérrez declared that “the three countries and Nicaragua represent a highly conflictive region, where democracy is under siege (…) Doors are being closed to Central American immigrants, commerce and trading are being limited and the problem with drugs is not being solved (…) America, due to its consumption levels, has a great responsibility on the issue and the Northern Triangle has not been able to manage it.”
Torres guaranteed that the following is a priority for democrats: “I hope I can work with President Trump regarding these issues, and to avoid the closure of good exchange, we need the collaboration of the three countries, as they need ours”. Additionally, she indicated how worrying it is to witness the irresponsibility that the presidents of this region show, regarding problems such as the immigrant caravan: “We have not heard their position to help these families. How is it possible that President Morales has not formulated a question about the situation of Guatemalans who travel in such caravan? The only thing that matters to them is to protect themselves”.
Dionisio Gutiérrez ended the meeting underlining that the countries of Central America “need to wake up and activate elites to define a vision of a country and a plan for development”.
Gutiérrez make the most out of the meeting, and interview Norma Torres for Razón de Estado TV show.