US President Barack Obama visited Central America on Mar. 21 and promised US$200 million in funding for the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI)-part of the Merida Initiative-for fighting criminal organizations and drug trafficking in the region. Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, of the FMLN Party, said that the money would be used to confront drug trafficking and gangs in the region, including addressing the economic and social causes that push young people toward delinquency, as well as strengthening the legal systems, civil society, and the rule of law. Obama said that he had confidence that Funes and the other presidents of the region would decide together the best ways to use the funding. There is currently concern about increased presence of drug cartels in the "triangle of the north" formed by Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.