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Honduran gangs to announce truce to cut violence

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm •  Published: May 24, 2013

"This has been a process that began 14 months ago in El Salvador and we hope it can have the same impact it had there in reducing violence," said Blackwell, who was involved in the negotiations for the gang truce in El Salvador.

Blackwell said he has personally spoken to the Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and his minister of security about a possible truce but that there is no formal accord yet.

"There is no formal agreement like we have in El Salvador," he added.

The Maras have their roots in Southern California, where young men seeking refuge from Central America's civil wars formed violent gangs on the streets of Los Angeles and its suburbs in the 1980s. Gang members later deported from the U.S. re-established their violent organizations in their native countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, according to U.N. figures.