Central American countries sign integration accord
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Gathering the small countries of central
America into a closer, more viable alliance -- a dream since the 1960s --
came a step closer to reality Tuesday when three of those nations signed a
commitment to tighten their ties.
The agreement, signed by the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and
Nicaragua, pledges to integrate everything from highways to economic plans.
"We hope to set the foundation for carrying the process of integration,
dates from the 1960s, into the 21st century," the three presidents said in a joint
Guatemala's Alfonso Portillo Cabrera, El Salvador's Francisco Flores Perez,
Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman Lacayo represented their countries at the
signing ceremony, and invited Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize and Panama to join
The accord provides for talks over the next three months to plan cooperation
infrastructure, security, foreign policy and economic policy.
Current plans include expanding ferry service and shipping routes along