New Route to Link the Americas

Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli proposed a new alternative for a highway linking the Americas, through Kuna Yala.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

At the Tuxtla Summit, hosted by Costa Rica, the proposal of a highway linking Colombia with Panama was discussed again. This road would travel through the so called "Darién Gap".

"This proposal has been rejected by environmentalist groups, arguing that a road through Darién will affect the ecosystem. Colombia has long pushed for a Central American connection through Darién", reported

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Possible Referendum For Road Link Panama – Colombia

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President Ricardo Martinelli commented that he could ask the population whether to open the Darién Gap.

He acknowledged, however, that now is not the best time to do it, as it would likely be rejected.

From “Martinelli commented that this initiative has not been correctly explained to the population.

Tuxtla Summit launches Mesoamérica Project

July 2009

The Tuxtla Summit concluded with the full incorporation of Colombia and new compromises under "Proyecto Mesoamérica"

In the final declaration, it was established to "accelerate the electrical interconnection in the region, and conclude works on the Mesoamerican Information Highway (internet link)".

Colombia Wants Union with Panama Through Highway

April 2009

Uribe insists on building the road through the Darien Gap, meeting with old reluctance from Panama.

It is only 108 kilometers of road that are missing so that the Americas can be traveled by land from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, but there are two arguments for refusing construction.

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