Honduras Should Return to OAS, U.S. Ambassador Says

By Dialogo
February 04, 2011

Manuel Celaya was dismissed from office for proposing meeting about the sovereignty regarding a possible presidential re-election which he would not be able to participate in and now the same Congress that dismissed him, approves him and no one says anything, it definitely wasn’t the proposition that was bothersome, but the person that made it, it is the double standard of the U.S.A.
The United States has as an objective the return of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS) in the first half of the year, the American ambassador to that country, Hugo Llorens, declared on 1 February.

President Porfirio Lobo’s administration, which is not recognized by the majority of countries in the region, “is a government friendly to the United States” and has done an “excellent” job, Llorens affirmed in a discussion with other ambassadors to Central America organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

“Obviously, what remains to be done is the OAS,” the ambassador explained at the event.

Honduras’s participation in the regional organization was suspended shortly after the coup d’état against then-president Manuel Zelaya in June 2009.
The Central American country’s return to the OAS “remains a key objective. Our hope in the administration is that we can get Honduras back in the OAS … in the first half of the year,” he added.

“Nothing will be gained by excluding the Honduran people,” he explained.

President Lobo, who replaced Zelaya following controversial elections a year ago, “inherited just a very messy situation” in the political and economic spheres, but “I would argue that the Lobo government has been an excellent government” up to now, the ambassador said.



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