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Regional Notes: Americas
El Salvador: Narcotics Agreement Likely To Pass Legislative Hurdle
President Flores is likely to overcome opposition toS-operated counternarcotics forward operating location (FOL) and secure legislative approval for the measure as early as next week. Many Salvadorans view narcotics trafficking as driving the nation's high crime rales, suggesting Flores will try to sell the agreement as an anticrime measure.
Passageimple majority in the Assembly. Flores's ruling National Republican Allianc* and the right-wing National Conciliation Party controlf Ihe necessaryar voting records of the Assembly'slores can count on the support of at least four additional
rabundo Marti National Liberation From (FMLN) and the Liberal Democratic Party controlotes and arc opposed to the FOL agreement bul lack the votes necessary to block the measure alone. The FMLN is trying to frame the debateovereignty Issue, which could undermine support, especially if the US downgrades the safety status of El Salvador's international airport and air services before the vote.
El Salvador: FOL Site Will Improve Interdiction Efforts
A forward operating location (FOL) site in El Salvador will improve air and maritime interdiction efforts against Colombian traffickers who last year moved logistic rendezvous areas further offshore and developed routes farther out in the Pacific using long-range and super long-range go-fast boats to transport multiton quantities of cocaine through the Central America transit zone to Mexico.
The US abandoned efforts to establish an FOL in Honduras after climate, altitude, and terrain
factors ruled out Soto Cano Airbaseite.Political challenges forced Costa Rican President Rodriguez to postpone indefinitely an FOLOriginal document.