The nations of Central America want to open their border to
allow more free movement of people and goods between the seven nations that lie
between Colombia and Mexico, The
Associated Press reported.
The idea was discussed in talks that took place in El Salvador
this week. Those talks included Mexico, which already is part of the North
American Free Trade Agreement.
There has been wide concern in the trucking industry about
some of the open border conditions created by NAFTA. The Bush administration
won a court case earlier this year that will allow Mexican trucks to move
across the southern U.S. border and onto American roads.
However, The AP reported
that Mexico – along with Costa Rica and Belize – is not looking to take part in
all the open border provisions of the possible Central American accord. U.S.
officials indicated they were concerned that a fully open set of borders could
lead to increased drug trafficking and terrorist activity.