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Brazil suspends visa waiver agreement with Honduras
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10:11, September 04, 2009

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Brazil will temporarily suspend the visa waiver agreement with Honduras, in an act of protest against the deposition of President Manuel Zelaya, foreign ministry said Thursday.

The move, which is to take effect on Saturday, will require a visa from any Honduran citizen who wishes to enter the Brazilian territory, but it won't affect those Hondurans who are already in Brazil.

The visa waiver agreement, which was signed between the two countries in 2004, allowed Hondurans to enter Brazil without a visa.

The ministry said its decision was based on resolutions adopted by the Organization of American States' and the United Nations, and was aiming at reiterating Brazil's non-recognition of the Honduran de facto government.

Brazil expressed several times its disapproval of the June 28 coup in Honduras that forced the President Manuel Zelaya into exile. It called back its ambassador in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa soon after the coup.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stressed in several occasions that Zelaya should be reinstated to position as soon as possible. Lula also asked U.S. President Barack Obama to take measures against the new Honduran government.

Last week, after a failed diplomatic mission to the country, Washington decided to suspend the visa issuing to the Hondurans.

Source: Xinhua

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