Truth Commission to Present Report

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission [La Comisión de la Verdad y la Reconciliación] (CVR), which investigated the overthrow of the former President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, announced today that on June 15th or 16th they plan to present their report, which could be without the testimony of the ex-president, as they have not yet had access to him to be interviewed.

“Wednesday the 15th or Thursday June 16th are the dates already set for the presentation,” said the coordinator of the CVR, Eduardo Stein, former vice president and former foreign minister of Guatemala.

Stein reiterated that Zelaya is still refusing to meet with the CVR to give his version of the events that led to his overthrow in 2009.
Zelaya does not recognize the CVR, and even asked the former officials of his government not to cooperate with them, although some did.

“We have maintained flexibility and are fully open to the possibility of interviewing him,” Stein stated.

Stein qualified that, although Zelaya has not given his version of events, the CVR has “numerous press statements from him, as well as statements from members of his cabinet.”

“Of course we would have liked, for reasons of historical documentation as well, his version of some of the issues, because it is impossible for us to speculate on what the intention of the president was, to have taken certain positions, or to have made certain decisions; things that only he can answer,” said Stein.

“For us the work is complete, except for some questions that we wanted to ask him about what was his real intention, for the clarification of the facts as we know them,” he said.

Stein explained that they decided to submit the report after the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), which is scheduled to be in El Salvador from June 5th through the 7th.

The coordinator of the CVR noted that “these days are intensely discussed the possibility of achieving the return of Honduras to the OAS, after an appeals court overturned two processes for alleged corruption against Zelaya, as demanded by the international community.

Stein stressed that the recommendations are “the most important part of the report” because they aimed to “this type of crisis is not repeated.”

He clarified that “as in all truth commissions have existed in Latin America and elsewhere, there is no obligation on any authority of the State of Honduras to consider our recommendations as binding or mandatory.”

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