“The agreement is fully signed,” said the representative of the delegation for Zelaya, Rodil Rivera, without giving details on the timing of the restitution of Zelaya to power.
Congress is in recess, therefore in order to rule on the re-institution of Zelaya, an extraordinary session would have to be convened.
“With the negotiation of outstanding issues, delegates of the two commissions have just signed the Agreement of Tegucigalpa-San Jose”, announced the Secretary of Political Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS), Victor Rico, at the Tegucigalpa hotel where the event took place.
Rico explained that following the resolution yesterday, the most controversial point of the agreement, concerning the restitution of Zelaya, will ultimately be decided by Congress.
In regards to Congress debating the refund or not of Zelaya, there is no deadline specified for a decision.
“I am sure that members of Congress have a full understanding of the importance and the political urgency of these determinations, and hope they do in the shortest time possible,” Rico stated.
“We expect this to materialize in a reasonably short period,” he added.
The verification committee, who will oversee compliance to the agreement, will consist of two representatives of the OAS, in order to coordinate the committee, and one delegate from each of the two parties.
Immediately after the signing of the Agreement of Tegucigalpa-San Jose, the two committees went to Congress to start the process on deciding on the restitution of Zelaya.
With regard to the lifting of sanctions by the OAS, Rico noted that “it can not be covered by an agreement, that is a decision that has to be made in a meeting of the OAS General Assembly.
“This afternoon there will be a meeting of the Permanent Council in Washington, where the Secretary General will report on the conclusion of this agreement, and the Permanent Council will determine the next steps to take and the possible convening of the General Assembly,” he announced.
Insulza also claimed that the OAS “has indicated that it is able to deploy an observer mission from the OAS for the month-end election.