Principles of SICA

In order to achieve the mentioned purposes of the Central American Integration System, SICA and its Member States shall proceed according to the following fundamental principles:

  1. The tutelage, respect and promotion of human rights as the fundamental basis for the Central American Integration System;

  2. Peace, Democracy, Development and Freedom, as a harmonious and indivisible whole which shall guide the actions of the member countries of the Central American Integration System;

  3. Central American identity as an active manifestation of regional interests and of the willingness to participate in the consolidation of the region's integration.

  4. Central American solidarity as an expression of the region's deep interdependence, common origin and destiny;

  5. The phased, specific and progressive nature of the process of economic integration, based on harmonious and balanced regional development; special treatment to relatively less developed Member States; equity and reciprocity, and the Central American Exception Clause.

  6. The all-encompassing nature of the integration process and the democratic participation in said process of every social sector.

  7. The legal certainty with respect to relations between the Member States and the peaceful settlement of their disputes.

  8. The good faith of Member States in the fulfillment of their obligations by refraining from establishing, agreeing or taking any action that is contrary to the provisions of this instrument or which obstructs the implementation of the fundamental principles of the Central American Integration System or the attainment of its objectives.

  9. Respect for the principles and norms of the charters of the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS), and the statements issued in the Central American Presidential meetings since May 1986.

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