Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

President of Central American Parliament Visits Manhattanville College
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:17

Leonel Búcaro, president of the Central American ParliamentLeonel Búcaro, president of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) and recently elected co-president of the Euro-Latin American Parliament Assembly (EUROLAT), spoke at Manhattanville College on November 25.

A member of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Fund (FMLN) party, Búcaro talked about his main objective: fostering unity between the Central American countries in order to confront economic, political, and social issues they all face.

“The reason why we want to eliminate the borders is because we all have similar roots: we all come from the Aztecs and the Mayans and we evolved being colonized, so it shouldn’t be a problem to look for unity,” he said.

The main problem he has faced in Central American unification has been the divide among the politicians that prefer the region to remain the same and those who want change, he added.

Búcaro stated that through new policies of domestic territory and taking advantage of its geopolitical location, the region could become a stronger international negotiator.

In addition to outlining the current state of affairs for Central America Búcaro also recalled his experiences as a young social activist during times of political unrest in El Salvador. “My three cousins were kidnapped and they never appeared again,” he said describing the violence he encountered.