Guatemala is facing a complex situation at a crucial moment. It has to complete a transition from an authoritarian state that supported impunity and illicit activities for more than 30 years, to a democratic and functional state. This needs to be done while the country has become a key territory for drug trafficking as a result of the pressure on cartels in Mexico and Colombia.
Work by the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the national institution due to replace it in 2011 and regional coordination against drug trafficking must be the three priorities for the international community. Such international engagement is crucial.