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Honduran president urges UN to legalize migration, encourage free trade
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10:33, September 26, 2007

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Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya on Tuesday urged the United Nations to include migration in its development agenda, and called for the creation of truly free trade in the world, news reaching here said.

During a speech to the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Zelaya said that "migration is not, has not been, and should not be considered a crime or a menace."

Honduras has always been a generator of migrants and its territory has been traveled by others on their way to the United States to seek a better life.

Zelaya proposed a legal framework so that migration can become an orderly phenomenon that benefits all.

He also said international trade currently operates in a manner that is "just as unequal as the relationships between powerful nations and economically weak ones."

The president called on the European Union and the United States to remove their tariffs and other barriers on Honduran products including bananas and textiles.

Source: Xinhua

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