|School of the Americas revisited??|
The United States is pushing for an international police school in Costa Rica to fight drug trafficking and terrorism.
The US government is pressing to speed up plans and approval for an International Law Enforcement Academy in Costa Rica. Representatives of the Costa Rican government signed an agreement June 6 to set up what many consider to be the heir to the School of the Americas in a country that abolished its armed forces more than 50 years ago. The Costa Rican legislature, however, must approve the measure before plans can go forward.
According to the agreement, the new school?s purpose would be to strengthen criminal justice in Latin America, with an emphasis on the rule of law, human rights, democracy and building law-enforcement capacity. Areas of focus would include preventing internal violence, protecting the environment and fighting drug trafficking and terrorism.
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