Minister of State Yelich Meets with Honduran Attorney General

January 26, 2014 - Tegucigalpa, Honduras - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), meets with Oscar Chinchilla Banegas, Attorney General of Honduras.

Minister of State Yelich and the Attorney General held a wide-ranging discussion on the long tradition of cooperation between Canada and Honduras in the area of justice and security. On the subject of security of Canadians travelling in Honduras, Minister of State Yelich discussed consular issues, noting mutual interest in ensuring the safety of Canadians and stressed the importance to Canada of investigations that affect Canadians.

Canada has contributed an Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) to Honduras to facilitate the identification of weapons used in crimes. The provision of IBIS equipment to Honduras will help combat threats to security not only in Honduras, but also in Central America more broadly, as ballistic analysis information can eventually be shared through a regional network of IBIS systems. Regional cooperation facilitated by training and equipment is a critical element of Canada’s engagement in the Americas and the fight against transnational organized crime in the region.

Minister of State Yelich is visiting Honduras to participate in the inauguration of the new Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernández, and to highlight the long tradition of cooperation between Canada and Honduras in the areas of development, trade, democratic governance, human rights and security.

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