13:33 GMT16 May 2021
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    The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) welcomed the joint San Jose Action Statement, agreed by nine North and Central American countries, aimed at boosting the protection of refugees fleeing Central America, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier in the day, the governments of Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and the United States pledged to cooperate to ensure protection of refugees and internally displaced people facing violence by various gangs in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, the countries known as the most deadly places on earth.

    "It is vital and immensely gratifying to see the countries of the Americas coming together in a regional approach to devise humane, collaborative solutions for people in desperate need of life-saving help," Grandi was quoted as saying in the UNHCR statement.

    Since 2014, tens of thousands of women and unaccompanied minors from Central America have made a perilous journey through Mexico to cross the US border, often in an attempt to flee gang violence in the three countries.


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