Central America needs more support to fight drugs and crime: UN reportListen /
Broader international cooperation is needed to help Central America and the Caribbean combat violence and other challenges stemming from the illegal trade in cocaine.
The appeal comes from the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which on Thursday released an assessment of threats to the region.
It finds homicide rates have increased alarmingly. In Honduras the figure is as high as 92 per 100,000 people.
Yuri Fedotov is the UNODC chief.
"The size and the scope of the challenges we are facing in Central America are so enormous that no country can handle this on its own. We need broader international cooperation. Countries in Central America expect more support, more solidarity, from the whole international community." (Duration: 19″)
UNODC is boosting its presence in Central America, where it has offices in Panama and Mexico.