El Salvador and Honduras are again disputing the border between them, only six months after signing an agreement resolving boundary issues lingering from the Soccer War. This time the dispute involves an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Fonseca as described by Reuters AlertNet:
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Almost three decades after El Salvador and Honduras fought a short but fierce "Soccer War" that killed thousands, tensions over their disputed border are again on the rise.
Honduras' Congress said in a resolution late on Tuesday that the country's sovereignty was being threatened by its Central American neighbor.
"If we want peace, we have to be ready for war," said Roberto Micheletti, the president of Congress and a prominent figure inside the ruling Liberal Party, adding that Honduras needs to beef up its armed forces.
The latest twist in a century-old dispute is centered on the tiny, uninhabited island of Conejo, or "Rabbit", which lies just off the Honduran mainland in the Gulf of Fonseca between the two neighbors.
Honduras has always considered Conejo its own and protested last week after El Salvador's armed forces included the island in a book on territorial defense.
El Salvador's President Tony Saca dismissed the complaints, and reiterated his country's claim on the island.
La Prensa Grafica has a map of the disputed area here.
Perhaps it is for just such disputes that El Salvador needs to have its high level of military spending. If you want to see what those US dollars spent on defense are buying, just go to the very cheesy website of the Salvadoran armed forces.