On 25 July US President Barack Obama and his opposite numbers from Central America’s ‘Northern Triangle’ countries – Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina, Honduras’s Juan Orlando Hernández and El Salvador’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén – met in Washington D.C. to discuss the crisis caused by the large number of mostly Central American migrant children that have been trying to illegally enter the US. The issue first made international headlines in June [RC-14-06
]. Expectations for the meeting had been raised by the unprecedented level of media coverage surrounding the issue in all the affected countries (which also include Mexico as a point of passage of the children) and by a unanimous resolution voted on 23 July by the permanent council of the Organisation of American States (OAS), which appeared to point to a US-Central American common stance on the crisis. However, the talks failed to produce a concrete cooperation strategy – another clear sign of how opinions and expectations about the crisis remain divided.