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Diálogo: During your presentation, and in one of the panels at CENTSEC, you thanked the United States and Colombia. Why? Diálogo: The Commander of the Military Forces of Colombia, General Rodríguez Barragán, believes the Colombian model of fighting criminal organizations is a model that can be exported. Do you also believe in this model where the armed forces work together with your country’s National Police to fight drug trafficking? These types of seizures are part of the efforts undertaken by the Honduran government and Armed Forces to reduce the number of homicides in the country. Gen. Álvarez: First, because we are partners both as Armed Forces and as nations, and we are very grateful for the support these two great countries – as well as other countries – have offered us. We could say the same about Chile and Brazil… But we have been closer to the United States and Colombia, mostly due to some agreements we signed with these countries that include a commitment and agreement to provide technical assistance related to infrastructure, equipment, cooperation, and personnel training and education. More specifically, we are working together in the fight against organized crime and other transnational threats. It is worth mentioning that we have had an agreement with the United States since 1954, and have counted on the commitment of the Colombian government and Armed Forces to our country. This is a very special recognition we make towards all those who leave their own country to be here with us – and we have quite a large number of Military personnel and police advisors providing this type of support here – given the expertise they have in fighting organized crime with very positive results. Gen. Álvarez: This activity results from the strategy designed by the government of Honduras through the development of an interagency security force that joins together all agencies involved in combating crime, organized crime, and drug trafficking. Plan Morazán was set into motion by bringing together all counter drug-trafficking activities in a coordinated way and managed by this force. Of course, our country’s president is determined to make sure this plan is carried out together with the Defense and Security Council, which is made up of the three branches of government, the Office of the Public Prosecutor, the ministers of Security and Defense and their directors, as well as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, which meets every week. We are constantly meeting to see whether these objectives are being met and if our goals are being reached. In other words, it is an interagency commitment. This interagency force has six national agencies which are responsible for combating organized crime. In addition to the Public Security Forces, the National Police, and the Armed Forces, which are represented there, we count on the judicial branch, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the investigation authorities, so that we are all working and contributing together to the same efforts. All this has contributed to having the matters of crime and combating crime in the forefront of our minds. It is not just one single institution doing it, but all of us together. Through this interagency security force, we have attempted to create, or at least to propose judicial reforms that may benefit a larger part of the population when they are threatened by this type of crime. It will also contribute to putting an end to crime in general by adopting measures or amending sections of the legislation, or even proposing new legislation to face these criminal activities. That is what has taken place in Honduras. We have created judges to hear special crimes – such as extortion – and we created a system of judges with national jurisdiction. All these judicial measures and types of legislation have greatly enhanced our ability to combat crime. Diálogo: Is there anything else still that needs to be done, Gen. Álvarez? By Dialogo May 17, 2016 Diálogo: Can you talk about one of the methods you used to lower the homicide rate in Honduras so much in one year? Gen. Álvarez: We will continue this fight, and continue to lower the crime rate. Organized crime and drug trafficking are real giants, and we are not saying we have surpassed these giants. We have overcome many hurdles, we have moved forward in this fight, but we are not done yet, there is still a lot to do. We can only hope that after this period, the success of those involved in combating crime gives rise to more favorable conditions in which the state may engage in further efforts to improve the country’s social conditions. Some of these efforts are already being undertaken, but we need to work more in improving healthcare, education, and other social aspects to have a more equitable society instead of just having to concentrate on fighting crime. Diálogo: So what you are telling us is that the Colombian Military are actually training the Honduran Armed Forces? To talk about this and other related topics, Diálogo interviewed Major General Francisco Isaías Álvarez Urbina, chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, during the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC 2016) which was held in San José, Costa Rica, from April 6th-8th. During a recent presentation on Information Operations at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Honduras pointed out that just in the last two years, security forces found and destroyed seven drug labs in Honduras. Many of these were found in the region of Colón and processed cocaine. Gen. Álvarez: Each country has its own way of doing things, its own way of legislating, its own way of carrying out any required actions. And, of course, we have our own. We know that Colombia has had great results with the model they implemented which, thankfully, has at least led the country into signing some peace treaties. This is great for Central America, but as a matter of fact, there are other threats that haunt us. We hope this same model – which has been so successful for them – can also bring results to the other countries. Each country has their own truth, their own reality. It is a matter for each country to consider and review this model proposed by Colombia and which has worked very well for them, and we, in our own country can testify to its positive results, but this does not mean that all the other countries will necessarily think of it the same way. But we really should think about the model’s strengths; we have worked with this plan and obtained good results against organized crime in our country. We managed to lower the number of homicides. In one year, it has gone down 10 percentage points, and that is a major aspect to consider. Sure, we have major threats, but we also have great challenges and hurdles ahead of us. In fact, as the Armed Forces, we are doing exactly that: targeting our efforts towards these challenges. Gen. Álvarez: We have a training agreement, so there is an exchange of students from different educational levels and from the educational centers we have, i.e. Military, academic, and training centers. We offer training for their officers and some type of exchange program to train their Special Forces. This is all a result of agreements and treaties we have signed with the countries with which we cooperate for this type of assistance. Diálogo: Are you satisfied with the exchange of intelligence between Honduras and other countries, especially your neighboring countries? Gen. Álvarez: We always hold a very positive conference, which, actually, has always brought about significant results. It is the Conference of the Central American Armed Forces and Armies (CFAC), which is very good. At CFAC, we not only build confidence among the different countries and among the different armed institutions, but we also share information and training among the countries and their armed forces. Special centers have been implemented to train and prepare for natural disasters, and also to be able to carry a message of peace from Central America to the other countries through the international missions we participate in. This is why there is an environment of cooperation among the institutions and the countries of Central America. After all, we do have a unique issue, which is that we have to face many threats, and we can only do this in a united way. So we now have a system to exchange information, and we have finally moved away from the myth of mistrust. Now, there is trust among the countries. In fact, we conduct joint border operations, each on their side of the border, but we patrol together. We exchange not only information, but we constantly meet in order to discuss and assess threats that concern us all in Central America, because we know that if the countries work together, Central America will prevail in this fight.
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Liverpool will be crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years on Thursday should Manchester City fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool’s second goal Jurgen Klopp’s men moved to the brink of a long-awaited Premier League title in the style that has made them worthy champions-elect by thrashing Crystal Palace 4-0 on their return to Anfield behind closed doors on Wednesday. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane scored the goals as the Reds opened up a 23-point lead at the top of the table. Should City keep the title race alive at Chelsea, a point will be good enough for Liverpool to win the league when the top two meet in Manchester on July 2. “Tonight was a big step, that’s clear,” said Klopp. “We’ve all still got to play seven games. If we play like this it’s really not nice to play against us.” City boss Pep Guardiola said on Wednesday his priority is Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final rather than prolonging Liverpool’s wait and he could rest players for a trip to Newcastle at the weekend.Advertisement Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Simple Product Ideas That Made Their Creators Millionaires7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian Women Liverpool’s famous Kop end was draped in flags for Anfield’s return behind closed doors “Pep should play poker,” added Klopp. “They are brilliant, the football they play is unbelievable. “We are different and we have to be. There are different ways of playing football and I like them both.” Alexander-Arnold opened the floodgates for Liverpool on Wednesday when the right-back curled a sumptuous free-kick beyond the grasp of Wayne Hennessey to settle any nerves on 23 minutes. The England international admitted many of his teammates will be tuning into events in West London, but wants this Liverpool side to go on and rewrite the record books no matter when they clinch the title. City set the Premier League points record of 100 two seasons ago, but Klopp’s side could still reach 107 with seven games remaining. “A lot of us will watch it tomorrow but not get too excited,” said Alexander-Arnold. “We’ve still got to prepare for the game next week regardless. We’ve still got seven games left I think and we’re going to try and get all 21 points from those games.” Read Also: 15-year-old Romero makes La Liga historyThe front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane have been key to Liverpool’s rise over the past three years from struggling just to qualify for the Champions League to winning that competition last season and now running away with the English top-flight.All three combined beautifully for the fourth 20 minutes from time as Firmino fed Salah, whose pass picked out the run of Mane and the Senegalese slotted into the far corner.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Before kick-off “You’ll Never Walk Alone” boomed around a deserted Anfield, but without the usual accompanying chorus of nearly 55,000 fans.Instead, banners and flags were draped over The Kop on the night Liverpool could have clinched the title had they won the Merseyside derby on Sunday.“Imagine if this stadium would have been full today and all the people could have experienced it live,” said Klopp. “I don’t think the game could have been better because my boys played like everybody was in the stadium.”From the start, Liverpool looked far sharper than in that goalless draw at Everton in their first match for three months.“There was a lot more rhythm and fluency than Sunday,” said Alexander-Arnold. “Today we’ve come out, started fast and didn’t really put a foot wrong in the whole game. It will go down as one of our best performances of the season.”Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates his stunning free-kickSalah showed a clinical touch to net his 21st goal of the season from Fabinho’s ball over the top to make it 2-0 just before half-time.Liverpool’s long wait for a title has been extended by three months due to the unprecedented coronavirus shutdown.That wait could take just one more day, another week or slightly longer should City show their pride to win the battle of the top two next week.However, there remains no doubt the title drought is coming to an end and Wednesday’s dominant display underlined why they will be champions.Fabinho’s piledriver set the seal on a 23rd straight league win at Anfield as the Brazilian drilled home from fully 30 yards.