Honduras Shows Positive Changes

United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, has stated, “We are seeing with satisfaction that Honduras is on the necessary track to return to the OAS and receive world recognition for having restored democracy.” Mr. Valenzuela addressed the issue of Honduras during a political forum in Madrid.

Valenzuela said the government of President Porfirio Lobo had formed a national unity administration (by naming members of the opposition) and should follow the recommendations established under the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Agreement. He mentioned establishing the truth commission to help begin a period of necessary reforms to prevent a repeat of June’s events.

Another element that appears to be helping foreign nations consider relations with Honduras, was the decision by the ex-President Manuel Zelaya to accept a deal that allowed him safe passage abroad.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Craig Kelly, said, “We think that most of the countries in the region are recognizing that … there is sufficient political space to return to a productive relationship with Honduras.” And, “There is a trend towards re-establishing a positive relationship with the country.”

“The circumstances allow them [the OAS] to take this up now, and have a very good discussion given that Honduras has performed,” Kelly said this week. “The Honduran people have produced something here that certainly makes this a live question for the OAS, and we think that Honduras has earned that consideration.”

Yesterday, OAS Secretary of Political Affairs, Victor Rico, arrived at the Tegucigalpa-Toncontin airport with no declaration to the press.

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