Honduran Government Seeks Rapprochement with Unasur by Naming Ambassador
By Dialogo August 04, 2010
Honduran president Porfirio Lobo’s administration announced Tuesday evening
that jurist Jorge Arturo Reina has been named ambassador to the Union of South
American Nations (Unasur).
“Jorge Arturo Reina has been confirmed as a roving ambassador to handle all
aspects of our relationship with all the Unasur countries,” foreign minister Mario
Canahuati affirmed in statements to the press.
Due to their close and friendly relations with deposed president Manuel
Zelaya, the majority of Unasur countries have not recognized Lobo’s administration,
which took office on 27 January.
Lobo needs the support of the thirty-two other member countries of the
Organization of American States (OAS) in order for
Honduras to be reintegrated into the inter-American organization, from which it was
suspended as a result of the 28 June 2009 coup d’état against Zelaya.
Reina, known as a leftist political activist, has close ties to Zelaya, who
even named him ambassador to the United Nations, despite the fact that the United
States had cancelled his visa due to his ideological militancy.