2010-04-26

Honduran President Lobo seeks international recognition for his administration, country

“We hope that by June we are once again part of something we should have never been excluded from, the OAS,” said Honduran President Porfirio Lobo. (José Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images)

“We hope that by June we are once again part of something we should have never been excluded from, the OAS,” said Honduran President Porfirio Lobo. (José Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images)

By Alfredo Hernández for Infosurhoy.com—26/04/2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said his country might restore diplomatic relations with Honduras after suspending them when former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was removed from office.

Ortega said he met with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo in Managua earlier this month, when the two leaders said they were “going to work with honest intention to restore normalcy in the region and bring greater strength, greater impetus, greater enthusiasm, to the process of integration and unity in the region,” according to a joint statement.

Ortega’s sudden change in position put him in line with the governments of several Central American countries that have showed signs they will support the administration of Lobo, the nation's third president since June 28.

The Salvadoran president and Lobo will attend the sixth summit among the European Union, Latin American and Caribbean nations in Madrid on May 18.

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes has been a key ally as an advocate for Lobo, who on Jan. 27 took over for interim President Roberto Micheletti, who replaced Zelaya after he was escorted from the country.

Funes is championing Honduras’ rejoining the Central American Integration System (SICA), an international organization focusing on the region's freedom, democracy and economic development. Funes, Lobo and Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom also pledged they would campaign for Honduras’ prompt return to the Organization of American States (OAS), a major step in getting Lobo's administration internationally recognized.

Last month, the presidents of SICA’s member nations, with the exception of Nicaragua, met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Guatemala. The leaders asked for her support in getting Lobo's administration recognized internationally and for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to release the US$500 million in funds it has been withholding from Honduras since Zelaya’s dismissal.

“If the Central Americans don’t propose solutions, then what can we expect of those who are farther away, not just geographically, but politically and commercially, from Central America and Honduras,” Funes said.

Joaquín Samayoa, a political analyst from El Salvador, said Funes’ posturing for Honduras works to his advantage.

“For a variety of reasons, I believe it was a judicious decision to take the initiative to speed up Honduras’ rejoining the SICA and OAS, organizations from which it had been [suspended] as a consequence [of the removal of former President] Zelaya.”

Samayoa said El Salvador has been able to take the initiative in this matter “on account of the prudent attitude it maintained during the internal crisis of that country.”

Honduras is supported in its bid to join SICA by Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. But Honduras will learn whether it will be admitted into SICA during a special session in El Salvador, scheduled for June 20.

If Honduras becomes a SICA member, it can ask the OAS to call a special session, where it can request reinstatement.

“We hope that by June we are once again part of something we should have never been excluded from, the OAS,” Lobo said in a statement. “In these conflicts that take place at the higher reaches of politics, it is the people who end up paying the price.”

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12 Comments

  • roberto sanchez | 2011-03-16

    It's good that he seeks international support but first he must wash the dirty laundry at home for example, the port authority of Cortes is the most profitable and the most corrupt of the government and the previous governments, they've looted it and the High Court of Accounts, a corruption control entity in Honduras, knows it and that more focus has been put on advertising issues because there is information that the port authority itself has paid certain staff on the High Court of Accounts so that the information not be published, proof of this is that the former auditor was fired without an explanation when she went to try to clear up some corruption situations just because she denounced acts of corruption known at that time by the members of the operating Board and now known even by the president

  • MIRIAN | 2011-02-18

    HELLO COUNTRYMEN I AM LOOKING FOR MY FAMILY THEY USED TO LIVE IN SAN PEDRO SULA HONDURAS MY BROTHER AND SISTERS' NAMES ARE JOTIN REINALDO LANZA MEJIA BETTER KNOWN AS ELVIS AND RUTH AVIGAIL LANZA MEJIA IF ANYONE KNOWS THEM PLEASE CONTACT ME AT THIS EMAIL ADDRESS YAMY [email protected] OR THIS TELEPHONE NUMBER 0458992572381 MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS

  • sagrari rivera | 2011-02-13

    WHAT DO WE CARE ABOUT BEING RECOGNIZED BY THESE ORGANIZATIONS WHETHER THEY BE AID ORGANIZATIONS OR NOT...THEY ARE AS CORRUPT AS THE POLITICIANS OF THIS MY BELOVED COUNTRY, THE PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF WATCHING THEM WASTE MONEY THAT SHOULD BE USED FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION AND NOT ON TRIPS FOR PLEASURE, PRESENTING STUPIDITIES WHAT GOOD IS IT FOR US TO BE RECOGNIZED, IT IS WE, WITH OUR EFFECTIVE WORK, WHO WILL GET US UP, , WE ARE NOT THE SAME PEOPLE AS BEFORE MR. LOBO, MR. OF THE CONGRESS, THINKS HE IS THE GOD WHO DOES AND UNDOES, NO LET US ASK GOD FOR HUMILITY AND AS THE CARDINAL SAID RETURN WHAT WAS STOLEN, , WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THOSE COUNTRIES WHAT IS MORE THEY DISCREDIT US, MR. LOBO STOP THROWING THE STONE AND HIDING YOUR HAND, AND IN REGARD TO THE TEACHERS IT WAS COLDLY CALCULATED, NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY ASK YOU BETRAYED THEM, ALL THE CONGRESSMEN BETRAYERS THAT IS NOT DONE, LET'S PLAY FAIR RETURN THE THINGS AND DON'T CREATE PROBLEMS, FIGHT TO MAKE HISTORY IF YOU DON'T HOW WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED, YOU HAVE FAMILY AND IT HURTS THAT A LOVED ONE IS IGNORED FOR OUR EMBARRASSING ACTIONS, LET'S THINK IT OVER, POWER IS EPHEMERAL ,,, DON'T PLAY WITH HUNGER, GENTLEMEN

  • delfin abzueta | 2011-01-21

    In this regard, I wonder, was Celaya kicked out for asking his people a question with a referendum? LOBOS DIDN'T ASK HE CHANGED THE CONSTITUTION, no one said anything, OAS, USA, now they want to legalize the dictatorship, this would mean legalizing how to stage a coup d'etat and subjugate the people once more. WATCH OUT. They talk about democracy and they are afraid of the decisions the people make.

  • edwin rivera | 2010-12-31

    It is one of the best opportunities we have as a people so that one part of what was damaged can be restored to normality, to be a part of these organizations is a benefit to us in many ways, but God's will is what moves everything.

  • wilfredo | 2010-12-18

    While the politicians sit down to eat and have dialogues to incorporate Honduras into the international context, the Honduran people are dying of hunger, victims of organized crime, and common crime since there is no longer any authorities to stop them since they are part of the coup that benefits the same, oligarchic class that keeps us in misery, long live Honduras, beautiful country for crime in all its facets.

  • denis | 2010-12-16

    The only thing I can say is that this president, elected by the people, is the one we thought would bring order but he has done absolutely nothing to turn this into a reality.......

  • jose napoleon salgado | 2010-11-20

    The SICA (Central American Integration System) and the OAS and the whole international community should take serious measures to avoid there being another coup like the one in Honduras, where the current president benefitted the most because otherwise he wouldn't have been elected. Jose

  • mariela zucely fuentes | 2010-05-31

    the article is very interesting and the news is very pleasant and current

  • viva yo | 2010-05-08

    too bad for Pepe trying to bring the country together, after it was destroyed by the coup d'etat, although he knew what he was up against when he won the presidency

  • jacinto | 2010-05-03

    I think the least and most desirable [thing to be done] would have been scheduling new elections that were closely monitored internationally where the different actors of the Honduran political scene could participate freely and on equal footing. To the contrary, the Lobo government continues to be an extension of the coup d'etat and de facto government.

  • carolina | 2010-05-03

    It's good because they would let us work peacefully now that they don't have anything to do they want to get money, from anywhere, I am Nic's customer, i buy a pack of cigarettes to help me support my 8 children and now they tell me they're only going to sell me 2 cartons that is illogical, and we don't have [money] to by Nic's expensive cigarette, we are hungry and that director of the DEI is wrong to close the stores is bad. They should give Pepe Lobo another position so he can look for someone [else] to harm and not all the poor people in Nicaragua.